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Lent Memes and other Items

Strength to Keep Going

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What's Your Lenten Sacrifice?

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The power of Fasting

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St. Jean Vianney

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Pope Benedict XVI - Fasting, Prayer and Almsgiving

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Fulton Sheen - Lenten Practices

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Pope Francis - Sacrificing

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Fulton Sheen - Fasting

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St. Anthony of Padua

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Pope Francis - Self Denial

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Fr. Robert Barron - Lent

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The Purpose of Lent

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Resources

Relevant Excerpts from the Catechism of the Catholic Church

1095

For this reason the Church, especially during Advent and Lent and above all at the Easter Vigil, re-reads and re-lives the great events of salvation history in the "today" of her liturgy. But this also demands that catechesis help the faithful to open themselves to this spiritual understanding of the economy of salvation as the Church's liturgy reveals it and enables us to live it.

1438

The seasons and days of penance in the course of the liturgical year (Lent, and each Friday in memory of the death of the Lord) are intense moments of the Church's penitential practice. These times are particularly appropriate for spiritual exercises, penitential liturgies, pilgrimages as signs of penance, voluntary self-denial such as fasting and almsgiving, and fraternal sharing (charitable and missionary works).

540

Jesus' temptation reveals the way in which the Son of God is Messiah, contrary to the way Satan proposes to him and the way men wish to attribute to him. This is why Christ vanquished the Tempter for us: "For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sinning." By the solemn forty days of Lent the Church unites herself each year to the mystery of Jesus in the desert.

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