The second pillar of lent

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Catholic News Service columnist Mike Nelson encourages readers to think of fasting as fasting from sin. During a time of pandemic when it seems like we’ve already given up so much, think of fasting as the prophet Isaiah describes it — “setting free the oppressed, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, caring for the sick, sheltering the homeless,” he suggests.

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Catholic News Service columnist Claire Lucas writes that “this Lent meets us in a place of profound personal and communal suffering and loss, of unending uncertainty and anxiety and of unanswered prayers, and that we should fast from indifference and the ‘throwaway culture’ that Pope Francis critiques.”


In this video, Father Joe O’Connor from the Diocese of Syracuse reflects on three reasons why Catholics fast during  Lent.

theology on tapas

Young adults gathered to cook together March 4 during the Diocese of Rochester’s Lenten Theology on Tapas virtual cooking series.

Mark Capellazzi, project coordinator for youth and young-adult ministry, who has a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts, demonstrated how to make Parmesan and Parsley-Crusted Tilapia. Members of the Catholic Courier staff interacted with Capellazzi and livestreamed the evening.

The Lenten series concludes on March 18 at 7 p.m. with a recipe for sawdust spaghetti and beer breadsticks in honor of St. Patrick and St. Joseph.