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Opinion: Lent for Baptists [Ekoomenikal]
Associated Baptist Press ^ | 2/20/12 | Jim Denison

Posted on 02/21/2012 8:31:25 AM PST by marshmallow

(ABP) -- If you're like me, you grew up in a Baptist church where Lent was a foreign word. Like all things Catholic, it was ignored if not rejected. In recent years, I have come to see the error of our ways. I am now convinced that Lent holds enormous promise for us. This ancient discipline can be a pathway to healing and hope in our fractured, fearful world.

What is Lent?

"Lent" is derived from the Anglo-Saxon or Teutonic word "lencten," which means "spring." As strange as it is to Baptist ears, it's easier than quadragesima, the Latin term for the period (meaning "40 days" or more literally, "the 40th day"). Greeks called this season tessarakoste ("40th").

As its names imply, Lent is a 40-day observance that occurs each spring. (The 40-day period excludes Sundays, which are to be weekly celebrations of the Resurrection.) Why 40 days?

Jesus fasted in the wilderness and was tempted for "40 days and 40 nights" (Matthew 4:2). As he used these days to prepare for his public ministry, so we use them to prepare for his resurrection and to minister in his name through the rest of the year.

In addition, the Hebrews wandered in the wilderness for 40 years of purification before entering their Promised Land. The world was flooded for 40 days during the time of Noah, washing away the evil that had infested it. According to tradition, Jesus' body lay 40 hours in the tomb before the Easter miracle. All these facts led early Christians to set aside 40 days before Easter for spiritual preparation and purification.

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday (Feb. 22 this year). It is always the seventh Wednesday before Easter Sunday. Its name comes from the ancient practice of placing ashes on worshippers' foreheads as a..........

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1 posted on 02/21/2012 8:31:27 AM PST by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Hey, the Filet O’Fish ads started running again. Coincidence?


2 posted on 02/21/2012 8:41:47 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: marshmallow

Most Baptists know what they believe and why they believe it. One thing Baptists have done poorly, at least Southern Baptists, is they have largely failed to explain why we reject certain ideas and practices.

Here’a a pretty good short discussion of “Lent” by Turrentinfan.

Lent is Biblical?
http://turretinfan.blogspot.com/2012/02/lent-is-biblical.html

“Of course, none of this is to suggest that fasting, in itself, is wrong. Nevertheless, Christian fasting is purposeful and, usually, secret. Jesus taught us:

Matthew 6:16-18
Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; that thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

See people with ash daubed on their face? They are not following this teaching.”


3 posted on 02/21/2012 8:42:42 AM PST by .45 Long Colt
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To: marshmallow

Etymology of the word “Lent” — the author isn’t entirely accurate — also comes from the word “lengthen.”

(Etym. Anglo-Saxon lengten, lencten, spring, Lent.)


4 posted on 02/21/2012 8:46:39 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: marshmallow

Ash Wednesday and Lent in Two Minutes:

http://bustedhalo.com/video/ash-wednesday-in-two-minutes


5 posted on 02/21/2012 8:54:12 AM PST by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: Carpe Cerevisi
WHAT TO GIVE UP . . .

Give up complaining. . . . . . . .focus on gratitude.
Give up pessimism. . . . . . . . . become an optimist.
Give up harsh judgments . . .think kindly thoughts.
Give up worry. . . . . . . . . . . . . trust Divine Providence.
Give up discouragement. . . . .be full of hope.
Give up bitterness. . . . . . . . . . turn to forgiveness.
Give up hatred. . . . . . . . . . . . . return good for evil.
Give up negativism . . . . . . . . .be positive.
Give up anger. . . . . . . . . . . . . .be more patient.
Give up pettiness. . . . . . . . . . .become mature.
Give up gloom. . . . . . . . . . . . . .enjoy the beauty that is all around you.
Give up jealousy. . . . . . . . . . . .pray for trust.
Give up gossiping. . . . . . . . . . .control your tongue.
Give up sin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . turn to virtue.
Give up giving up. . . . . . . . . . . hang in there!

6 posted on 02/21/2012 8:55:58 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: marshmallow

thumbs up


7 posted on 02/21/2012 8:57:01 AM PST by Cronos (Party like it's 12 20, 2012)
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To: Salvation

A good recipe for Lent and beyond.


8 posted on 02/21/2012 8:58:45 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: marshmallow

So, is there anything in the Bible about “Lent”?

I have some in my deep belly button and my dryer catches a bunch of it too.


9 posted on 02/21/2012 9:01:57 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: .45 Long Colt

...”See people with ash daubed on their face? They are not following this teaching”.....

We Orthodox Christians observe a pretty severe Lenten fast, which begins next Monday (”Clean Monday”).

We have no Ash Wednesday, so no ashes on our faces. (Instead, we begin Great Lent with a rite of mutual forgiveness, which might be good for other Christians to do, too.)

Since Roman Catholics, Lutherans, etc. get the ashes on their foreheads as a community, it’s not a show-off thing such as Jesus condemned. Nevertheless, Orthodox priests and authors often mention the fact that the Orthodox do not observe Ash Wednesday as being consistent with Jesus’ teaching.


10 posted on 02/21/2012 9:02:02 AM PST by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: .45 Long Colt

What Jesus really mean is not brag about what you do. The ashes on the forehead is not braging what you are doing.


11 posted on 02/21/2012 9:02:44 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: .45 Long Colt

bump

I don’t think Jesus ever asked his followers to do this Lent thingy?


12 posted on 02/21/2012 9:04:28 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: marshmallow

Gee, isn’t the allegedly Reverend Jerimiah Wright a Baptist minister? If so, shouldn’t “Ekoomenikal” be spelt “EkoomeniKKKal”?


13 posted on 02/21/2012 9:05:48 AM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Romney ruined Massachusetts. Now he wants to ruin the nation.)
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To: marshmallow

Everyone one of us steps into eternity one by one. Either we will hear “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” Or we will hear, “Depart from Me, I never knew you!”
Make sure you are depending on the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ, alone, and not on a bunch of man made ceremonies, or the teachings of any church that are not in the Bible.

Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Ephesians 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Ephesians 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Ephesians 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
Ephesians 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Ephesians 2:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Ephesians 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.


14 posted on 02/21/2012 9:09:11 AM PST by WestwardHo
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To: GeronL
I don’t think Jesus ever asked his followers to do this Lent thingy?

He also never asked his followers to do the "prosperity gospel" thingy either. Which practice seems more biblical?
15 posted on 02/21/2012 9:12:37 AM PST by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: Carpe Cerevisi

neither


16 posted on 02/21/2012 9:14:54 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL

I am amazed that you do not recall from the Bible the forty days Christ spent in the desert fasting and praying.

Our Lent is built upon that. And, yes, it’s biblical. But keep your fasting, praying and almsgiving quiet. Only you and God should know what is happening!


17 posted on 02/21/2012 9:17:19 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: .45 Long Colt

One can have ashes in the form of a cross on one’s forehead and yet the fasting of that person can be quite secret. Such a person may also smile and carry the joy of Christ within while going about daily activities.

Personally, I think that, in this present culture of death and hatred for Christians, it takes courage to wear that cross of ashes. Do some people do this to FLAUNT it, not having the proper spiritual attitude of the heart? Of COURSE, particularly some politicians these days, and some who claim to be Catholic but who have long forgotten how to really be Catholic. However, there are many Catholics who do so in great seriousness with their hearts fixed firmly on Jesus Christ.

This is a time when ALL serious Christians need to avoid criticizing one another. It further divides and weakens us as a witness to the world.

I can’t tell you just how many people have commented that “Christianity can’t be true...just look at all the division among Christians.” Perhaps that’s why Jesus prayed that we all be ONE (His last prayer before he ascended to the Father).

May the Triune God bless you and yours abundantly.

;-)


18 posted on 02/21/2012 9:19:20 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: GeronL

I bet you don’t even go and pray for forty days in front of an abortion clinic so abortion might cease there?

Look up 40 Days for Life


19 posted on 02/21/2012 9:21:31 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: GeronL
So, is there anything in the Bible about “Lent”?

Plenty, actually.

As the author explains, the name comes from the word "lencten" which means "spring" but the name is not something on which to get hung up. The important aspect is spiritual union with Jesus through self-denial and penance. As the author also states, Jesus Himself fasted for 40 days and 40 nights in the desert and our lenten observance is based on Jesus' own fast. Jesus also gave instructions for how to fast, as noted above.

St. Paul takes up this theme when he writes to the Corinthians:

"But I chastise my body, and bring it into subjection: lest perhaps, when I have preached to others, I myself should become a castaway."
1 Corinthians 9:27

A little "self-chastisement" is good, provided it doesn't become a source of pride.

20 posted on 02/21/2012 9:22:30 AM PST by marshmallow (.)
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To: GeronL

Did you even bother to view the video I posted above?


21 posted on 02/21/2012 9:23:09 AM PST by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: Salvation

During the 40 days before Easter, our SBC pastor has challenged us all to pray for revival. He said this is the way he wants us to do it:

Draw a circle about 3 feet in diameter. Stand in the circle. Then ask God to send revival to everyone inside the circle...

So I guess for ‘Lent’, we are being challenged to give up our desires, and to daily ask God to change us, and to fill us with His Spirit.

My guess is that most Catholics would view that favorably.

;>)


22 posted on 02/21/2012 9:36:12 AM PST by Mr Rogers ("they found themselves made strangers in their own country")
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To: Honorary Serb; Biggirl; GeronL; SumProVita

I don’t observe Lent because I see no biblical warrant for the practice, but as with paedobaptism, I can respect those who feel they should observe it. It’s certainly nothing that believers should fight over. I have good friends and a few cousins who observe it.


23 posted on 02/21/2012 9:36:12 AM PST by .45 Long Colt
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To: GeronL
is there anything in the Bible about "Lent"

Matthew 4:2.

24 posted on 02/21/2012 9:40:36 AM PST by wideawake
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To: Mr Rogers

That sounds wonderful!

God bless you!


25 posted on 02/21/2012 9:41:51 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: WestwardHo
You need to get out of Ephesians and into James!

(My judgment)

“Regarding the debate about faith and works: It’s like asking which blade in a pair of scissors is most important.”

~C.S. Lewis


26 posted on 02/21/2012 9:43:43 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: .45 Long Colt
It’s certainly nothing that believers should fight over. ___________________________________________________________ Exactly! Thank you my brother in Christ. We all need to be VERY aware that Satan often laughs at how easily he divides us with such things. It would do us all well to re-read C. S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters. “Provided that any of those neighbours sing out of tune or have boots that squeak, or double chins, or odd clothes, the patient will quite easily believe that their religion must therefore be somehow ridiculous.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
27 posted on 02/21/2012 9:50:52 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Salvation

“Regarding the debate about faith and works: It’s like asking which blade in a pair of scissors is most important.”

~C.S. Lewis
Oh yeah, I’d take C.S. Lewis over God’s Word any day. Ever notice how Lewis appeals to everyone, and offends no one?
There’s a big difference between the works that The Lord Jesus has planned for each of His children after He has made them alive in Christ, and doing the works we do on our own thinking they will earn salvation.
It’s really not that hard to grasp.


28 posted on 02/21/2012 9:57:17 AM PST by WestwardHo
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To: WestwardHo

WestwardHo -— Catholics would not at all disagree with you that by his Cross and resurrection He made salvation possible and opened the gates of heaven. But don’t forget He also said ‘Whatsoever you DO to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me.’ So yes. He DOES expect us to do something for our fellow man. Can we agree that it is by God’s GRACE that we are saved? i.e. He doesn’t ‘have to’ save any of us. But He still has expectations of us that if we really know Him, we will do our best to do His will. And His will, apparently, involves ‘DOING’ unto others! We must try and assist God in His work when we can. Try re-reading the apostle James. What is faith without good works?


29 posted on 02/21/2012 10:14:54 AM PST by gemoftheocean (...geez, this all seems so straight forward and logical to me...)
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To: .45 Long Colt
Ashes on the forehead are a REMEMBERANCE of our beginning, NOTHING to do with fasting, washing one's face or anything to do with not showing off. It's our kick-off to Lent, not a Lenten practice like fasting and abstaining.

Just a remembrance, a reminder to us Catholics...remember the funeral rite, from dust to dust, ashes to ashes? You have your Biblical reference or interpretation mixed up with this one.

30 posted on 02/21/2012 10:22:10 AM PST by cloudmountain
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To: GeronL

He did say to eat of His body and blood, namely to do the Eucharist thingy believing in the True Presence... Lutherans, Orthodox, Catholics, Orientals follow His words — do others? no...


31 posted on 02/21/2012 10:22:49 AM PST by Cronos (Party like it's 12 20, 2012)
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To: Mr Rogers

I think your pastor has got the idea — for us to think about Christ’s sacrifice and pray. We ought to do this throughout the year, but most of us fail, so this is good kick to remember..


32 posted on 02/21/2012 10:24:38 AM PST by Cronos (Party like it's 12 20, 2012)
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To: cloudmountain

I’m not mixed up in the least, but dust your head if you wish.


33 posted on 02/21/2012 10:25:06 AM PST by .45 Long Colt
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To: gemoftheocean

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

There are many godless philanthrophists. They can do good works til the cows come home, but their works will not save them.
There are true believers who are not in a position to do good works...the thief on the cross, Lazarus the beggar...who being dead, yet speaketh...
I’m an old lady. A nobody, making no big claims to anything.
But I know this, when I think I’m doing a good job on a good work it usually ends up looking pretty useless. Then there are the times it comes to me that some good has resulted from something I did but wasn’t aware that I’d done anything. In that, I realize God had caused me to “walk in a work He had ordained for me.”
Those works do not earn me salvation, or a right standing before God. They are evidence that God has put His Spirit in me, and He is fulfilling His Word in Eph 2:10.
It’s not about us. It’s all about God’s glory and what He does in the lives of His children.
We have this Treasure in an earthen vessel.
When I “discovered” Eph 2, those verses about being dead in my sins described me perfectly. But, when Christ declares me “Raised and seated in the Heavenly places” I still cannot take in the wonder of that. And so, my continual prayer is that The Lord Jesus would teach me what that means, and that I would do the works He has ordained for me.
Nothing I do on my own is worth squat. I can no more compose good works on my own than I can make this dead corpse of sin alive in Christ if He doesn’t do the work.
This isn’t about being Catholic, or Baptist or any other group. It’s about taking God at His Word, and measuring everything by His Word.


34 posted on 02/21/2012 10:44:10 AM PST by WestwardHo
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To: WestwardHo

Amen!

+1000


35 posted on 02/21/2012 11:18:56 AM PST by Turtlepower
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To: WestwardHo
There are true believers who are not in a position to do good works...the thief on the cross, Lazarus the beggar...who being dead, yet speaketh...

You are right.

That is why good works are but a proxy. They are a proxy for love and it is love which brings us salvation.

St. Paul says ...And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity.
1 Corinthians 13:13

So there is something greater than faith and that something is charity (or love). This is undoubtedly why St. Peter says that love atones for a multitude of sins;

But before all things have a constant mutual charity among yourselves: for charity covereth a multitude of sins.
1Peter 4:8

Now how is love expressed? It is expressed through our actions. Through what we do. That is why James says.....

"But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
James 2:20

God sees the heart. He sees the faith and the love. So for those such as the thief on the cross, his "work" so to speak, was his death offered up to God.

Those works do not earn me salvation, or a right standing before God. They are evidence that God has put His Spirit in me, and He is fulfilling His Word

Correct.

However, we do have our own part to play. We are not simply helpless puppets with God pulling the strings. We have free will.

In the Gospel of Luke we read:

And a certain man said to him: Lord, are they few that are saved? But he said to them: Strive to enter by the narrow gate; for many, I say to you, shall seek to enter, and shall not be able."
Luke 13: 23-24

Keyword: "strive". This is synonymous with effort. IOW, Jesus is saying to the man, "you try your best". From this passage the conclusion is inescapable that our own efforts are an essential component of our salvation. Not sufficient by any means, but necessary.

36 posted on 02/21/2012 12:42:27 PM PST by marshmallow (.)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

Jeremiah Wright is “United Church of Christ,” what used to be the Congregational Church (that of the Massachusetts Pilgrims) when I was a girl. They “united” with somebody at some point. Once, they were Calvinist stalwarts, but they started going loopy in the 19th century and now believe basically nothing ... or *anything*.

My family stopped attending the Congregational Church when a minister in the early 70s verbally assaulted Vietnam Veterans in a sermon. My father did two years in Vietnam.


37 posted on 02/21/2012 4:29:47 PM PST by Tax-chick (I used to be difficult, but after watching 46 episodes of "Lie to Me," I'm impossible!)
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To: marshmallow

“That is why good works are but a proxy. They are a proxy for love and it is love which brings us salvation.”
Where is that taught in the Bible?

Context, context, context!!! Who is the speaker, who is his audience, and what is the message? Taken out of context, the words a merely a device to prop up your argument, but does not accurately divide the word of truth.

The Bible is it’s own dictionary.
The Bible is it’s own interpretor.
For example, put Eph2 next to Genesis 2:7 (And God breathed into Adam’s nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.) Totally and completed the work of God. And in addition, God gave Adam work to do. All Adam needed to do was obey.
“Do your best.” Is not in the Bible. “Without Me, you can do nothing.”
When God saves us, we do what we do because we love Him. “We love Him, because He first loved us.”
Just think about our great God, bigger than, and independent of His creation, making Himself small enough to enter our universe, take on our humanity, offer Himself as the sacrifice for our sin, make Himself small enough to live in our small, pityful hearts in order to bring us to Glory, and do it all for His own Glory!! And man thinks he can do anything that adds to his salvation? That without the help of man God’s salvation is incomplete?
We owe everything to God. Our works are as “filthy rags.”
That’s “our works”, not the works God has ordained for us.


38 posted on 02/21/2012 5:26:57 PM PST by WestwardHo
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To: .45 Long Colt

I’ll dust my head if you wipe your drool and quit dragging your knuckles. :o)


39 posted on 02/21/2012 9:30:06 PM PST by cloudmountain
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To: marshmallow
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Message of His Holiness Benedict XVI for Lent 2008
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Vatican Web Site Focuses on Lent
Almsgiving [Lent]
Conversion Through Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving [Lent]
Lenten Stations -- Stational Churches - visit each with us during Lent {Catholic Caucus}
Something New for Lent: Part I -- Holy Souls Saturdays
Reflections for Lent (February, March and April, 2007)
Lent 2007: The Love Letter Written by Pope Benedict
Pre-Lent through Easter Prayer and Reflections -- 2007
Stations of the Cross [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
For study and reflection during Lent - Mind, Heart, Soul [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
Ash Wednesday and the Lenten Fast-Family observance Lenten season [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
Pre-Lenten Days -- Family activities-Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras)[Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
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Lenten Fasting or Feasting? [Catholic Caucus]
Pope's Message for Lent-2007
THE TRUE NATURE OF FASTING (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)
The Triduum and 40 Days
The Three Practices of Lent: Praying, Fasting. Almsgiving
Why We Need Lent
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI FOR LENT 2006
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Why You Should Celebrate Lent
Getting the Most Out of Lent
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Give it up (making a Lenten sacrifice)
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]
Kids and Holiness: Making Lent Meaningful to Children
Ash Wednesday
All About Lent

40 posted on 02/22/2012 4:08:42 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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