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Catholic youth learn significance of ashes in fiery Lenten tradition

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Smoke billowed from a small fire pit, rising nearly as high as the steeple of St. Bartholomew Church in Columbus. About 100...

Ash Wednesday: Our return to dust

One of my brothers observed recently about our dear mother, lying in the hospital: "There's no meat on her bones, and no bones under...

Ash Wednesday — a kick-start to holiness

When I was in college there was a group of students who didn't always practice their faith, but when Ash Wednesday rolled around all...

Lent is time to notice God’s work, receive God’s mercy, pope...

Catholic News Service ROME -- Lent is a time for Christians to get their hearts in sync with the heart of Jesus, Pope Francis said. "Let...

Pancake dinners rooted in history as Lenten season begins

The Dialog Youth at St. Francis de Sales Parish prepared for Lent with a pancake flipping contest while hosting a pancake dinner on the eve...

Fasting traditions observed in non-Catholic religions

The Dialog Fasting from food is one thing, but in Austria people once fasted from entertainment during Lent, according to Father Michael Witczak. “In past times,...

Rare meeting: Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday

WASHINGTON -- Many people looking at their February calendars are doing a double-take with Ash Wednesday falling on Feb. 14, Valentine's Day. The two days,...

The rallying cry

  I confess that after more than four decades as a parish priest, I am still moved by the Scripture readings of Ash Wednesday. That...

Lent as a pilgrimage

Catholic News Service When the comedian Stephen Colbert appeared, one Ash Wednesday, on his late-night television show with ashes marking his forehead, I felt a...

Ash Wednesday: Rituals and symbols

Catholic News Service Our society is not one that readily embraces the idea of sacrifice. There is little recognition of the profound benefits of self-denial...

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