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1 posted on 03/18/2006 9:55:45 PM PST by Coleus
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Happy Lent?
Well, why not!

Happy Lent, Coleus, kstewskis, petronski, fortunecookie, cyborg, hitmanLV, victoria delsoul and everybody!

2 posted on 03/18/2006 10:01:43 PM PST by onyx (IF ONLY 10% of Muslims are radical, that's still 120 MILLION who want to kill us.)
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The spiritual purpose is to reduce the clang and clamor of daily life so that the still, small voice of God can be heard in the gentle breeze, as the prophet Elijah discovered.   It is for that reason that many Christians actually find Lent more spiritually fruitful than Easter, paradoxical as that is. We don't say it, but perhaps we should: Happy Lent!

This is so true!! Like Carlomagno, over the years, I have extended certain 'lenten sacrifices' throughout the year. Last year I gave up the "talking heads" on FOX, CNN and MSNBC. Silence permeated the house which was then filled with prayers and devotions, along with reading Scripture. It has brought so much peace to my life.

Happy Lent!

3 posted on 03/19/2006 6:41:42 AM PST by NYer (Discover the beauty of the Eastern Catholic Churches - freepmail me for more information.)
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hmmm, I gave up beef but some of those other things sound like good things to give up also. I can't give up elevators and continue my job (high heels, 8 floors, not safe for old lady), or cell phones for the same reason but a 40 day sabatical sounds lovely. I guess I could give up Law and Order. hmmm, maybe next year. I really only watch Law and Order and occasionally Fox and Friends.

4 posted on 03/19/2006 7:00:41 AM PST by Mercat (No Joy in Mudville)
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To: Coleus

Great Post!
To appreciate all of Gods breezes.

7 posted on 03/19/2006 9:37:12 AM PST by exdem2000
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To: Coleus

Beg pardon, but there are enough anti-oxidents in chocolate to justify a little every day.

9 posted on 03/19/2006 11:00:51 AM PST by Desdemona (Music Librarian and provider of cucumber sandwiches, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary. Hats required.)
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FAQ's About Lent
Lent is a privileged time of interior pilgrimage towards Him Who is the fount of mercy. It is a pilgrimage in which He Himself accompanies us through the desert of our poverty, sustaining us on our way towards the intense joy of Easter. Even in the “valley of darkness” of which the Psalmist speaks (Ps 23:4), while the tempter prompts us to despair or to place a vain hope in the work of our own hands, God is there to guard us and sustain us. Yes, even today the Lord hears the cry of the multitudes longing for joy, peace, and love. As in every age, they feel abandoned. Yet, even in the desolation of misery, loneliness, violence and hunger that indiscriminately afflict children, adults, and the elderly, God does not allow darkness to prevail. In fact, in the words of my beloved Predecessor, Pope John Paul II, there is a “divine limit imposed upon evil”, namely, mercy (Memory and Identity, pp. 19ff.). It is with these thoughts in mind that I have chosen as my theme for this Message the Gospel text: “Jesus, at the sight of the crowds, was moved with pity” (Mt 9:36). ...

13 posted on 03/19/2006 1:59:30 PM PST by narses (St Thomas says “lex injusta non obligat”)
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Here are some other links about Lent:

The History of Lent

The Holy Season of Lent -- Fast and Abstinence

The Holy Season of Lent -- The Stations of the Cross

Lent and Fasting

Mardi Gras' Catholic Roots [Shrove Tuesday]

Ash Wednesday

All About Lent

Kids and Holiness: Making Lent Meaningful to Children

Why We Need Lent


Lent a Time for Renewal, Says Benedict XVI

Why You Should Celebrate Lent

Getting the Most Out of Lent

Lent: A Time to Fast From Media and Criticism Says President of Pontifical Liturgical Institute

Give it up (making a Lenten sacrifice)

14 posted on 03/19/2006 2:32:58 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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