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  • J.J.Borkowski
    March 20, 2014 Reply

    What’s missing is our parents drive to keep the practice.tradition of Lent going..

  • Bob Pegritz
    March 20, 2014 Reply

    Yes, Cardinal Dolan, there is quite a difference nowadays during Lent. That difference is that the 40 days of Lent have become just like any other day. Nothing is done. And when we look down our noses at our Jewish friends, we sometimes are jealous of them and their devotions which date back thousands of years. Give me that old, folded “rice bowl” anytime. I’ve got some change…..

  • Pat Wachtel
    March 20, 2014 Reply

    Under the leadership of a very inspiring priest, Monsignor Joseph Schaedel,, St. Luke the Evangelist Parish in Indianapolis is experiencing a Lent of genuine renewal. We host Wednesday night soup suppers after Mass that include educational and inspiring speakers, on Friday evenings the Way of the Cross service after Mass has a good crowd, and our Music Director has worked hard to change the nature of the music used at worship to emphasize the season. We are chanting beautiful antiphons at Communion time rather than singing our usual joyful hymns. There is also a daily collection basket present at each service to remind us of the need for almsgiving. There is much more, and it is all very intentional and thoughtful. I am so thankful for our leaders. I am also grateful, Your Eminence, for the gift of your weekly radio broadcast. You and the staff members of the Catholic Channel are a daily blessing in my life, and I thank God for you every day!

  • Tina Pierzynski
    March 20, 2014 Reply

    I love to get up in the morning and see that my older kids have left a note for the younger kids and myself that its Friday….Don’t eat meat! To hear from them that they remind their friends at school, to get in the right lunch line, the one with cheese pizza…..To see them Alter serve at Stations on Friday, and work as a family at the fish fry dinners….accept a Timothy award this month for their service to the church and other, .They help to remind me that my fervent prayers, are heard by God and he is working in my children’s lives! We look forward, all of us, to working that Fish Fry and seeing our church family, I look forward to a soda, more time on my Kindle and a free Friday night after Easter, but for the weeks of lent, I cherish seeing more clearly where God is working in our lives.

  • Mike Hanna
    March 20, 2014 Reply

    Your Eminence, I am reading your wonderful book: “Priests for the Third Millenium” and I am very happy to write to you! What I like about your reflection today is that it harks to a simpler and seemingly more sincere time in our Catholic tradition. I can remember also how it was so commonplace, now I feel like I am ‘one of the few’ who even realizes it s Lent. In our parish here in Alaska we have Stations of the Cross, Benediction and a ‘potluck supper’ of meatless soup. It is nice. I agree with what you said about Lent these days though and I miss the ‘old days’ as well. I miss the lines at confession on Saturday like you wrote. I am applying for diocesan priesthood for my home state (Massachusetts) please pray for me! I heard you are visiting Alaska soon for a convocation. Enjoy your visit and I hope you meet my spiritual director, Father Stan. God Bless you Cardinal Dolan. I hope Lent! makes a comeback too! Mike .

  • Amanda LaRosa
    March 20, 2014 Reply

    Thank you for a great reminder. And no, you are not being a crab or gloomy. The serving of steak at a large men’s gathering? Really? Glorias being sung? Where is the parish leadership that permits all of this? We follow by example and by the tone that is set in establishing the expectation. Crabby priests receive pushback, messages delivered with love are embraced. Thank you for a loving tone and a marvelous sense of humor. God bless!

  • Dot Mushinski
    March 20, 2014 Reply

    I am so happy and blessed to have the pastor that is at our parish @ St. Mary’s in Mexia TX, he has brought back the deep feelings of the Lenten season and all seasons, I had forgotten were such a big part of our faith! Totally in love with Catholicism again! Thank God for Fr. Benji!

  • Alison
    March 20, 2014 Reply

    I have to fully agree, Cardinal. As a recently returned home Catholic, I am still celebrating Lent as I did when I was growing up but I find I am in the minority. This is an important point you’ve brought up.

  • Austine Nwokolo
    March 20, 2014 Reply

    Thank you, Your Eminence for a good teaching. The church should stop changing to make it easy on people. Jew and Islam has not changed they fasting rule. what was so bad with the mandatory fast and abstinence of pre-1967.

  • JL
    March 21, 2014 Reply

    I know we can individually be as strict as we like but I would appreciate a little more stringency from the church, too. Would it be so bad to impose rules? They really aren’t that hard and ultimately the little bit of suffering unites us as a Catholic people. The Jews and the Muslims have liturgies in their traditional language and are observant of centuries-old traditions. Even though we have the fullness of the Truth, we shouldn’t have parted with these things. They help us to raise our kids in the faith. While they are learning the truths of the faith these beautiful and meaningful traditions hold us together in our families and as a church.

  • Joshua Morrell
    March 21, 2014 Reply

    No. I definitely do not think it is ‘too late to get Lent back.’ I want to fast. It helps me. I feel better the next morning. Holier, stronger. With the busyness of our life it is tough not to binge or over eat during Lent! We start out with the right intention, but sometimes the intentions and the acts get lost. It is not an excuse – but it is an explanation. I am 42 years old and I converted to Catholicism in my late twenties. I never grew up as a practicing Catholic or even serious about my Christianity. I just believed in God. Although I was an Acolyte for my Episcopal Church until I was about 14 or 15 years old.
    I like Lent, I appreciate it more every year as I grow deeper in my faith and my relationship with God.. I never think it is too late to experience Lent and the Catholic/Christian seasons.
    Thanks for your website. It is the first time I was on it and I have learned a lot already! Thank you.

  • Mark Baird
    March 21, 2014 Reply

    Being a Lutheran convert, in 2004 the Catholic way of mortification and penance was a great way to deepen my faith and I did have to be careful not to get scruples but now I enjoy the deeper more conscious acts a person can do. I am a great believer in ‘grace’ and I was very fortunate to be given the Fr Jim Norris diary, a reflection on the St Ignatius spiritual exercises . It now more my theological Lenten practice.

 

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