• Each year in the days before Lent, my husband and I share a list of what we plan to give up that year. Last year, it took just a few moments for him to start to rattle off an exhaustive...

    A family prays before eating a meatless meal of baked potatoes and salad at their home.

    A family prays before eating a meatless meal of baked potatoes and salad at their home. As Catholics, we undertake the Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving seeking spiritual conversion as we journey to the cross with Christ. (CNS photo by Nancy Wiechec)

  • "Fasting wakes us up. It makes us more attentive to God and our neighbor," Pope Francis has said.

    Illustration of a man sitting at a table.

    "Fasting wakes us up. It makes us more attentive to God and our neighbor," Pope Francis has said. (CNS illustration by Emily Thompson)

  • The most panic-inducing question I've ever encountered as a Catholic is the inevitable: "What are you giving up for Lent?"

    A young man looks up a Scripture passage during Bible study.

    A young man looks up a Scripture passage during Bible study. Praying the psalms can be a fruitful Lenten practice. (CNS photo by Karen Callaway/Catholic New World)

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    Mar 24, 2020
  • St. John Paul II sits with his would-be assassin, Mehmet Ali Agca, in Rome's Rebibbia prison in 1983.

    St. John Paul II sits with his would-be assassin, Mehmet Ali Agca, in Rome's Rebibbia prison in 1983. Pope John Paul II forgave Agca and later said he did so "because that's what Jesus teaches. Jesus teaches us to forgive.' (CNS photo by Arturo Mari/L'Osservatore Romano)

    Mar 24, 2020
  • Volunteers serve breakfast to the needy at a shelter in Mount Clemens, Mich.

    Volunteers serve breakfast to the needy at a shelter in Mount Clemens, Mich. Almsgiving does not have to take the form of financial alms. There are many ways to be generous toward others that do not require excess in your bank account. (CNS photo by Jim West)

    Mar 17, 2020
  • A poor box is seen at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.

    A poor box is seen at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. Almsgiving does not expect repayment; it is an act of mercy and of justice. (CNS photo by Tyler Orsburn)

    Mar 03, 2020
  • A girl looking at her phone

    We are human and our phones have become a collective addiction! This Lent, step back to reflect on what is happening in our lives outside of the digital universe. (CNS photo by Bob Roller)

    Mar 03, 2020
  • Children exit a church after receiving ashes during an Ash Wednesday Mass in Guatemala City Feb. 13, 2013.

    Children exit a church after receiving ashes during an Ash Wednesday Mass in Guatemala City Feb. 13, 2013. (CNS photo by Joe Penney/Reuters)

    Feb 20, 2020

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