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LENT: Mindful eating

Loaves_and_Fishes_2_Here is an interesting POST on the aspects of mindful eating, as suggested by St. Ignatius Loyola.

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prayinghandsHere’s a LIST of 40 ways to get the most out of Lent. They are suggestions offered by Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio, Catholic theologian and speaker. The range of ideas is great, some as simple as pausing five times a day to “raise your heart and mind to God, and say a short prayer such as ‘Jesus, I love you,’ or ‘Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner,’ or ‘Lord, I offer it up for you.'”  Others involve watching a film such as Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.” There are 18 more days in Lent followed by the glory of Easter morning. Surely you have some time to consider one of these suggestions.

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newspaperDid you know there are myriad Catholic news agencies accessible via the Internet?

For a change from celebrity gossip, consider spending an hour once a week during Lent reading news about your faith. Here are some web links:

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artDuring this week of private retreat, consider a meditative session in which you pray with art.

Visit the Jesuit website, How to Pray with Art, for a detailed description of how you can combine prayer and meditation while gazing upon religious art.

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crucifixClick HERE for EWTN’s Holy Season of Lent calendar. It offers a daily opportunity for meditation and prayer that will take you fewer than ten minutes to complete.

Click on the date to open a new page where you will find a Scripture quote, reflection, a suggested Lenten action for the day and a prayer.

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Did you know we offer a Scripture Study Group every Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. in Msgr. Carey Hall? The nice thing about this group is that you can join at any time. The focus is on the coming weekend’s scripture readings, especially the Gospel. Why not consider spending an hour of your time each week contemplating the Word of bibleGod? The group is led by Deacon Tom Picciano.

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ashesburn2013White smoke rises from palms burning on Friday, Feb. 9, evocative of the announcement on Monday, Feb. 11 by Pope Benedict XVI that he would retire from the papacy at month’s end. When the papal conclave in the Sistine Chapel elects a new pope, white smoke from their burning ballots will announce that a decision has been made. These palms were collected from last year and their ashes were used for Ash Wednesday last week. The stove used was  courtesy of parishioner Dominic Fata of Brother’s Two. Photo by Deacon Tom Picciano.

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