Issue 9906-3/14/19

By: Padre Pablo Migone
Originally Appeared in : 9906-3/14/19

En Israel hay un monasterio construido sobre un cerro de donde uno ve una de las ciudades más antiguas del mundo, Jericó, continuamente habitada por 11,000 años. Del monasterio también uno ve el rio Jordán, lugar del bautismo de Jesús. Este monasterio donde viven unos monjes griegos marca el lugar donde inicia toda cuaresma: con Jesús en el desierto por cuarenta días. 

 

By: Stephanie Clary (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9906-3/14/19

I used to think that fasting was worthless. I would find reasons to excuse myself from the obligatory Lenten practice: low blood sugar, anemia, etc. While true, these weren’t the reasons I wasn’t fasting. I couldn’t understand how depriving myself of food made any difference in the world.

 

Yes, the Lenten fast is coupled with prayer and almsgiving, but I knew my prayers were heard and my donations effective regardless of how many calories I consumed. Since I didn’t think fasting mattered, for years I didn’t do it.

 

By: Genevieve L. Mougey (CNS)
Originally Appeared in : 9906-3/14/19

Lent. Food. Sacrifice. 40 days. Hunger.

 

These are all words we encounter in our conversations around this liturgical season. The act and ability to participate in Lent shifts dramatically over the course of a person’s lifetime.
From being “forced” by parents to give something up to the moment when a person chooses what to do without, Lent encourages seeking a deeper dynamism in life, to seek a fuller and deeper relationship with Christ. We embrace a call to great participation in the world around us, while still remembering we are Christ’s.

 

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