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The risen Christ is depicted in a stained-glass window at St. Aloysius Church in Great Neck, N.Y. If Lent is a time for reflection, service and sacrifice, and drawing closer to God, Easter follows with a stunningly wonderful message of joy and love. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz) See FAITH-ALIVE 15 March 5, 2020.

No. 15, Part 2: He makes all things new

The risen Christ is depicted in a stained-glass window at St. Aloysius Church in Great Neck, N.Y. If Lent is a time for reflection, service and sacrifice, and drawing closer…

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Read more about the article No. 14, Part 1: Palm Sunday — ‘obedient to death’
A re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus is seen in Bensheim, Germany. As St. Paul writes, Jesus was "obedient to death, even death on a cross." (CNS photo/Kai Pfaffenbach, Reuters) See FAITH-ALIVE 14 Feb. 27, 2020.

No. 14, Part 1: Palm Sunday — ‘obedient to death’

A re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus is seen in Bensheim, Germany. As St. Paul writes, Jesus was "obedient to death, even death on a cross." CNS photo/Kai Pfaffenbach, Reuters…

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Read more about the article No. 13, Part 1: Forgiveness for the ‘stiff-necked,’ and for (and from) us all
Worshippers join hands during the Our Father. Sunday Mass offers us several reminders on the importance of forgiveness, such as during the Our Father. (CNS photo/Jim West) See FAITH-ALIVE 13 Feb. 20, 2020.

No. 13, Part 1: Forgiveness for the ‘stiff-necked,’ and for (and from) us all

https://youtu.be/fzp9mr5rKkw Forgiveness -- both seeking and offering it -- is one of the great challenges of our Catholic faith. But it is also among its greatest treasures. In some respects,…

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Read more about the article No. 13, Part 2: The healing power of forgiveness
An image of Jesus in death is seen behind a crown of thorns and a crucifix in a display on the Shroud of Turin in the Church of San Lorenzo in Turin, Italy. This Lent, seek new opportunities to remove old thorns from past wounds. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See FAITH-ALIVE 13 Feb. 20, 2020.

No. 13, Part 2: The healing power of forgiveness

https://youtu.be/fzp9mr5rKkw When I was 17 years old, I bumped into a bush and lodged a thorn in my elbow muscle. I pulled the thorn out, cleaned the wound with alcohol…

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Read more about the article No. 12, Part 1: Almsgiving’s call to generosity beyond dollar signs
Volunteers serve breakfast to the needy at a shelter in Mount Clemens, Mich. Almsgiving does not have to take the form of financial alms. There are many ways to be generous toward others that do not require excess in your bank account. (CNS photo/Jim West) See FAITH-ALIVE 12 Feb. 13, 2020.

No. 12, Part 1: Almsgiving’s call to generosity beyond dollar signs

https://youtu.be/LlP8Gm7vNsU A traditional way to approach the Lenten practice of almsgiving is to give from the excess that you create by fasting. For example, according to Catholic Relief Services, you…

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Read more about the article No. 12, Part 2: Why give alms?
St. Basil the Great said, "The bread you do not use is the bread of the hungry. The garment hanging in your wardrobe is the garment of the person who is naked. The shoes you do not wear are the shoes of the one who is barefoot." (CNS photo/Gene Plaisted, Crosiers) See FAITH-ALIVE 12 Feb. 13, 2020.

No. 12, Part 2: Why give alms?

https://youtu.be/LlP8Gm7vNsU Lent is a time of sacrifice. We strive to unite ourselves with the suffering of Jesus, walking with him in the desert, agonizing with him in the garden, dying…

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Read more about the article No. 11, Part 1: Fasting to be the person God is calling
The corporal works of mercy are posted on a classroom door during Lent at St. Peter Indian Mission School in Bapchule, Ariz. Instead of giving something up for Lent, try taking up one of the corporal works of mercy. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec) See FAITH-ALIVE 11 Feb. 6, 2020. Editor's note: For editorial use only.

No. 11, Part 1: Fasting to be the person God is calling

https://youtu.be/pf_7ejzYcrQ "We must love with our eyes open," Canterbury’s Archbishop Justin Welby said last October. Saints, the Anglican leader advised, are people who are able to face and to confront…

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Read more about the article No. 11, Part 2: The right Lenten fast for you
A family prays before eating a meatless meal of baked potatoes and salad at their home. As Catholics, we undertake the Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving seeking spiritual conversion as we journey to the cross with Christ. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec) See FAITH-ALIVE 11 Feb. 6, 2020.

No. 11, Part 2: The right Lenten fast for you

https://youtu.be/pf_7ejzYcrQ Each year in the days before Lent, my husband and I share a list of what we plan to give up that year. Last year, it took just a…

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