Each afternoon, Michelle Phillips prays a decade of the rosary with her second-grade students at St. Wenceslaus School in Omaha.
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Most all of us worry about aging, especially in how it affects our bodies. We worry about wrinkles, bags under our eyes, middle-age fat and losing hair where we want it only to find it on places where we don’t want it.
Mark’s Gospel for the first Sunday of Lent is blunt and straightforward: "The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for 40 days, tempted by Satan." Like the desert itself, this account is stark and barren.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church breaks prayer into five basic types: adoration, petition, intercession, thanksgiving and praise.
But even these prayers have different expressions, the catechism says, in speech, meditation and contemplation:
Prayer – one of the three pillars of Lent – is closely related to fasting and almsgiving, the other two pillars, and should be combined with them whenever possible, two archdiocesan priests said.
For 40 years people have been scrimping and sacrificing during Lent to fill a cardboard box – the CRS Rice Bowl – with dollar bills and coins.
Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18, marked the beginning of a 40-day Lenten journey of prayer, fasting and almsgiving to Christ’s passion and resurrection at Easter.
One person had not been to confession in 70 years. Others, 20 or 30 years.