Does giving something up for six weeks have any spiritual value, or is it just a diet dressed up as a religious practice? A restraint of the appetite was an important question even for St Ignatius.
Scripture scholar, Peter Edmonds SJ chooses three voices from the Passion narrative of St Matthew whose words can guide our prayer.
How did the Church's understanding of the forty days of Lent change between the Council of Nicaea in the 4th century and the Second Vatican Council?
Friday 16 February: The compelling words of the prophet Isaiah in the first reading help us to identify a distortion of the virtue of asceticism.
During Holy Week this year, we hear the Passion narratives from Mark’s Gospel, on Palm Sunday, and John’s Gospel, on Good Friday. How, through these Scriptures, do we meet Jesus as our Servant, Priest and King?
What is our relationship, as Christians, to poverty? Sarah Broscombe, reflecting on her experience of the World Social Forum 2009, explains how the Christian understanding of poverty does not just focus on a lack of material goods, and how it is inextricably linked to a concern for environmental issues.
Jesuit liturgist Andrew Cameron-Mowat explores the deeper meaning of this penitential and yet joyful season, as brought out by the Sunday readings.
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