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The Three Practices of Lent: Praying, Fasting. Almsgiving
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Posted on 02/09/2005 9:00:29 AM PST by Salvation

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Lenten Question

Q: Why is giving up something for Lent such a salutary custom?
A: By denying ourselves something we enjoy, we discipline our wills so that we are not slaves to our pleasures. Just as indulging the pleasure of eating leads to physical flabbiness and, if this is great enough, an inability to perform in physically demanding situations, indulging in pleasure in general leads to spiritual flabbiness and, if this is great enough, an inability to perform in spiritually demanding situations,  when the demands of morality require us to sacrifice something pleasurable (such as sex before marriage or not within the confines of marriage) or endure hardship (such as being scorned or persecuted for the faith).
 
By disciplining the will to refuse pleasures when they are not sinful, a habit is developed which allows the will to refuse pleasures when they are sinful. There are few better ways to keep one's priorities straight than by periodically denying ourselves things of lesser priority to show us that they are not necessary and focus our attention on what is necessary.

51 posted on 02/17/2005 7:46:25 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Reflection.

HOW TO FAST

Fast from judging others;
Feast on Christ dwelling in them.

Fast from apparent darkness;
Feast on the reality of light.

Fast from pessimism;
Feast on optimism.

Fast from thoughts of illness;
Feast on the healing power of God.

Fast from words that pollute;
Feast on phrases that purify.

Fast from anger;
Feast on patience.

Fast from worry;
Feast on Divine Providence.

Fast from unrelenting pressure;
Feast on unceasing prayer.

Fast from negatives;
Feast on positives.

Fast from complaining;
Feast on appreciation.

Fast from hostility;
Feast on non-resistance.

Fast from bitterness;
Feast on forgiveness.

Fast from anxiety;
Feast on hope.

Fast from yourself;
Feast on a silent heart.


52 posted on 02/18/2005 6:35:17 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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TODAY'S TIDBIT

Alms are any act, gift or service of compassion motivated by love of
God and neighbor, for the help of persons in need. Alms has come to
be associated with monetary gifts but it is not limited to this.


53 posted on 02/20/2005 5:47:51 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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So this guy comes up to me, and says, "I'm a practicing Roman Catholic, and I'm in Lent right now."

I tell him, "So pay him back already!"

(rimshot)

Wow, you're a terrific audience. New shows at 7pm and 11pm. Drive safe, and remember to tip your waitress.

54 posted on 02/20/2005 5:51:25 AM PST by Lazamataz (Proudly Posting Without Reading the Article Since 1999!)
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Friday, Second Week of  Lent
Fridays of  Lent are days of abstinence from meat.
Israel loved Joseph best of all his sons, for he was the child of his old age. (Genesis 37:3)


Reflection.
O Divine Word, You humbled Yourself even unto death and willed to be treated as the least of men by sinners, by demons, and even by the Holy Spirit and by Your Eternal Father. You did all this to glorify your Father, to make reparation for the offenses committed against Him by pride, to confound and destroy our arrogance and to teach us to detest vanity and to love humility. Oh! how truly can we see that pride dishonors God and is very displeasing to Him, since it is necessary for you, the Son of God, to be so humiliated in order to atone for such dishonor!
We can truly say also that vanity is a monstrous thing since in order to destroy it, You were willing to be reduced to such humiliation! Oh! how firmly must we  believe that in the eyes of God humility is an infinitely precious treasure and a jewel most pleasing to Him, since You, His divine Son, willed to be so humiliated to make us love this virtue, and to urge us to imitate You in the practice of it, and thus merit the grace to perform its works.'  ..... St. John Eudes


Lenten Question

Q: What is a day of fast and abstinence?
A: Under current canon law in the Western Rite of the Church, a day of fast is one on which Catholics who are eighteen to sixty years old are required to keep a limited fast. In this country, one may eat a single, normal meal and have two snacks, so long as these snacks do not add up to a second meal.

Children are not required to fast, but their parents must ensure they are properly educated in the spiritual practice of fasting. Those with medical conditions requiring a greater or more regular food intake can easily be dispensed from the requirement of fasting by their pastor.

A day of abstinence is a day on which Catholics fourteen years or older are required to abstain from eating meat (under the current discipline in America, fish, eggs, milk products, and condiments or foods made using animal fat are permitted in the Western Rite of the Church, though not in the Eastern Rites.) Again, persons with special dietary needs can easily be dispensed by their pastor.

Lenten Action.

Share an answered prayer with a friend—give God credit in words. Remember to give thanks to God for what you received.


Prayer

Merciful Father, may our acts of penance bring us your forgiveness, open our hearts to your love, and prepare us for the coming feast of Your resurrection


55 posted on 02/25/2005 7:20:19 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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The 40 hours fast was observed in the Early Church, marking the interval when Our Lord's body was in the tomb. This fast, from the evening of Holy Thursday, until the Easter vigil, seems to be making a comeback in a small way. Many Christians don't go to work on Good Friday, and healthy people don't need a meal just to get themselves to church on Good Friday.


56 posted on 02/25/2005 8:10:24 AM PST by Romulus (Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?)
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Yes, I have seen it a couple of times on the web. Was even ready to post it once. I'll look for it again.

Thanks for the nudge. LOL!


57 posted on 02/25/2005 9:43:19 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Lenten Question

Q: Is there a biblical basis for abstaining from meat as a sign of repentance?
A: Yes. The book of Daniel states: "In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia . . . 'I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.'" (Daniel 10:1-3)


58 posted on 02/27/2005 7:39:24 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Bumping an old thread. Some things to think about as we step into Lent on Ash Wednesday.

59 posted on 02/16/2007 8:31:31 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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60 posted on 02/16/2007 9:23:05 PM PST by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, insects)
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Most Catholics still voluntarily observe the Fast and Abstinence on ALL Fridays of the year.

I know very few Catholics who are aware that Friday abstinence is still required. I didn't know until a few years ago when I read it on FR. This is a good one to keep spreading the word about.

61 posted on 02/17/2007 12:43:04 AM PST by Straight Vermonter (It takes a school to bankrupt a village.)
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Post the Vatican Two Document which "took that rule away"


62 posted on 02/17/2007 4:05:11 AM PST by bornacatholic
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Give up the schism for Lent


63 posted on 02/17/2007 4:10:33 AM PST by bornacatholic
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One thing the reformed Liturgy accomplished was to drive out of the Church The Pharasaical insane antisemitic heretics


64 posted on 02/17/2007 4:12:45 AM PST by bornacatholic
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Attributing bad motives to others.... Has this person ever stated that he/she goes to a SSPX chapel?


65 posted on 02/17/2007 5:03:44 AM PST by Pyro7480 ("Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, esto mihi Jesus" -St. Ralph Sherwin's last words at Tyburn)
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You are responding to a post directed to another and that post had nothing in it about the motives of the person to whom the post was directed


66 posted on 02/17/2007 6:40:48 AM PST by bornacatholic
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