Monday, February 22, 2016

Lenten sacrifice, almsgiving, prayer and fasting: Live simply and at peace

The Catholic penitential season of Lent starts early in 2016, on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10. Through acts of prayer, fasting, meditation, a Catholic seeks to imitate Christ's suffering and passion. Those acts give back, too, in physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. They're the deepest Christian expression, but they aren't exclusively Christian. Most major religions have similar elements. No human could really imitate the divine. But it shouldn't prevent trying. Here's how a Catholic family can observe Lenten sacrifice from a world religions perspective.  

Monday, February 8, 2016

Lenten Kitchen: Meatless grill recipes, vegetarian fish recipes for Lent

Labor Day is the last day for grill recipes and "grill" means meat, meat and more meat, right? Wrong and wrong. Here are meatless grill recipes using your broiler. Use these vegetarian fish recipes for Lent. The Catholic Church observes a Lenten fast in the dead winter to follow Jesus to the cross and Easter. For 40 days, Catholic families eat simpler. For some, a Lenten fast means avoiding meat, dairy and sweets. And it also means a LOT of hungry people if you have a big family. So proactive Catholic moms develop an arsenal of meatless, vegetarian Lenten Kitchen recipes. Vegetarian is how most of the world eats, so these meatless grill recipes for Lent a Catholic in solidarity with the poor.   

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