Of the many traditions and penitential practices observed during the season of Lent, one of the more visible is the stark change in church decor and a complete absence of flowers.
Massgoers in Ireland are being urged to switch off their mobile phones during Lent.
Lent is a time to ask for God’s grace to chip away at hypocrisy, which is seen in the natural human attempt to appear “worthier than we are,” Pope Francis said.
Marked with ashes, Christians set off on a Lenten journey where they strive to leave behind everything that will turn to dust and instead focus on drawing closer to God and God’s promise of eternal life, Pope Francis said.
After all the U.S. Catholic Church has been through with the abuse crisis, Lent this could be an important time for healing, some church leaders say.
Lent. Food. Sacrifice. 40 days. Hunger.
Through choosing to go without, we can become more gracious for all that we truly have and experience the peace that comes with resting in God.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a time set aside to help us with that goal of attaining holiness.