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Loving Lent
JENNIFER GRAHAM
Catholic or not, a little deprivation goes a long way.

Great Lent
THOMAS HOWARD
Lent has arrived.

Activities for Lent
COLEEN ROONEY
Pope Paul VI in 1969 reminded us in his introduction to the revised liturgical calendar that the season of Lent/Easter is a special time of the year and exerts much influence upon us which can lead to a deepening of our faith if we make use of it. The following are some activities that you may find helpful as you participative with your family (especially with young children) in observing these special 40 days.

History of Lent
FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS
What are the origins of Lent? Did the Church always have this time before Easter?

Lent and Fasting
GRACE MACKINNON
Dear Grace, Someone asked me with a question about why we have Lent and also why we do not fast for the entire forty days. Could you please explain the message behind Lent and why we do not fast every single day of the forty days?

Brief History of Lent
FATHER JOHN A. HARDON, S.J
It seems certain that a Lenten season preceding Easter goes back to the time of the Apostles.

Lent and its Discontents
MATTHEW LICKONA
When I was confirmed at age fifteen, I took St. John the Baptist as my confirmation saint. A voice crying out in the wilderness, I thought, full of adolescent pride. By Lent of 2003 I was a little older and a little more humble if only as a result of years of sin and failure to do much crying out...

The Gift Of Lent
MARK SHEA
Many of my Protestant friends are uncomfortable with Lent. "It's all about mortification and self-discipline when we know that the Risen Jesus is joyful and alive!" they say. "We don't need to mortify ourselves to please God. That's why Jesus died for us, so we don't have be 'good enough'.

Introduction to Lent: Prayer
MIKE AQUILINA
We should plant prayers throughout the day like vines.

Introduction to Lent: Almsgiving
MIKE AQUILINA
Of the three marks of Lent — prayer, fasting and almsgiving — almsgiving is surely the most neglected.

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