• The church teaches that parents are the primary educators of the faith. I have to be honest: That made me uncomfortable.

    <p>Matt Palmer is director of media relations for Towson University in Maryland. He formerly was a social media strategist for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. (CNS photo courtesy Matt Palmer)  </p>

    Matt Palmer is director of media relations for Towson University in Maryland. He formerly was a social media strategist for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. (CNS photo courtesy Matt Palmer)

  • I expected fatherhood to change the routines of my life. Everyone told me it would. Goodbye, sleep. Hello, collapsing in exhaustion at 8 p.m.

    <p>A sailor aboard the USS Constellation in San Diego is greeted by his children in this 2003 file photo. The invitation to move outside of the self to the other is the divine pedagogy of fatherhood. (CNS photo by Jaime Recto/Reuters)  </p>

    A sailor aboard the USS Constellation in San Diego is greeted by his children in this 2003 file photo. The invitation to move outside of the self to the other is the divine pedagogy of fatherhood. (CNS photo by Jaime Recto/Reuters)

  • <p>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)  </p>

    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 10, 2021
  • <p>A woman wearing a protective mask prays during Mass at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Amman, Jordan, Dec. 6, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is inarguable that this Lent meets us in a place of profound personal and communal suffering and loss, of unending uncertainty and anxiety, of unanswered prayers. (CNS photo by Muhammad Hamed/Reuters)  </p>

    A woman wearing a protective mask prays during Mass at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Amman, Jordan, Dec. 6, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is inarguable that this Lent meets us in a place of profound personal and communal suffering and loss, of unending uncertainty and anxiety, of unanswered prayers. (CNS photo by Muhammad Hamed/Reuters)

    Mar 04, 2021
  • <p>A priest hears confession inside the cathedral in Valencia, Spain, May 19, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic. For the Christian, fasting during Lent is ultimately about fasting from sin. (CNS photo by Nacho Doce/Reuters)  </p>

    A priest hears confession inside the cathedral in Valencia, Spain, May 19, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic. For the Christian, fasting during Lent is ultimately about fasting from sin. (CNS photo by Nacho Doce/Reuters)

    Mar 01, 2021
  • A woman prays during Mass at St. Pius X Church in El Paso, Texas, Sept. 24, 2019.

    A woman prays during Mass at St. Pius X Church in El Paso, Texas, Sept. 24, 2019. This Lent, how will you find time for prayer? (CNS photo by Tyler Orsburn)

    Feb 24, 2021
  • People pray during an Aug. 28, 2020, Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington.

    People pray during an Aug. 28, 2020, Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington. Prayer changes what we desire. Prayer transforms us into those who can live with God forever. (CNS photo by Andrew Biraj/Catholic Standard)

    Feb 24, 2021
  • Veronica wipes the face of Jesus in this representation of the sixth Station of Cross at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in southwestern France.

    Veronica wipes the face of Jesus in this representation of the sixth Station of Cross at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in southwestern France. This Lent, consider praying the Stations of the Cross as your walk around your neighborhood. (CNS photo by Paul Haring)

    Feb 19, 2021

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