lent-graphic-cns-2006-150x200Pray, Fast, Give

In his Lenten message for 2015, Pope Francis asks us to “make our hearts firm” (Jas 5:8) and to be “merciful, attentive and generous.”

We can begin to embrace this call by fasting from or “giving up” material things, including foods, that are superfluous to our basic needs; “taking up” charitable habits that are directed to helping and caring for others; and “lifting up” our brothers and sisters who are in need through giving alms, praying and participating in devotional practices.

“Through prayer, charity and humility before God, people receive a heart “which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference,” Pope Francis said in his message for Lent

By taking an active approach to the three traditional pillars of Lenten observance, prayer, fasting and almsgiving, we recognize that to be evangelists, we must first be evangelized ourselves.

The Church asks us to surrender ourselves to prayer and to the reading of Scripture, to fasting and to giving alms. The fasting that all do together on Fridays is but a sign of the daily Lenten discipline of individuals and households: fasting for certain periods of time, fasting from certain foods, but also fasting from other things and activities. Likewise, the giving of alms is some effort to share this world equally—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents.

Pope Francis begins the journey of Lent

Catholic News Service

Lenten Resources
Guidelines for Lent 2015: Lenten Fast and Abstinence Regulations
40 Days for LIfe Lenten Campaign 2015
Papal Message for Lent 2015
Calendar for Lent
Celebration of Holy Week at the Cathedral

Lenten Reflections
Week One: Fr. Marcel Taillon
Week Two: Fr. Michael Najim
Week Three: Fr. Shemek (Rev. Przemyslaw Lepak)
Week Four: Fr. Michael McMahon
– Week Five: Fr. John Soares
– Holy Week: Bishop Thomas J. Tobin

CRS Operation Rice Bowl
Fast & Abstinence
Lenten Prayer
Questions & Answers about Lent
Rediscovering the Sacrament of Penance
Reflection on Lenten Fasting
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
Seven Penitential Psalms & the Songs of the Suffering Servant
Six Ways to Evangelize during Lent
Stations of the Cross
The Way of the Cross – Pope Francis, Good Friday 2014
Stations of the Cross for Peace – for School Children
Ten Things to Remember for Lent

(Some information courtesy of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops)