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Catholic Spiritual Direction

Can special events be celebrated during Lent?

February 27, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Lent

Dear Father John, I have a question… My brother’s graduation is this March during Lent and my family normally eats in a really nice restaurant for dinner after graduations. Is it okay if we aren’t able to fulfill our Lenten fast or penance on days like that?  What a beautiful question! It shows that you are sincerely concerned about living Lent well. Since Lent is a season of special... Read More

How to Stay Strong Spiritually During Lent

March 1, 2010 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Lent, Seasonal Meditations, Sin

Dear Father John, Every year I start out Lent with great ambition and hope for spiritual growth, but somewhere along the way I lose interest and let myself slide. I really want to avoid the slide this year … any suggestions to help me stay strong? Sure! The key thing to think about is why you tend to slide. If you can identify the cause, then you can easily find the solution. In general, three... Read More