Posts Tagged ‘Lent’

Pray Today NZ – Jesus wept – Video reflection Lent week 5 Comments 0

Saturday, March 28th, 2020
Pray Today NZ - Jesus Wept

Jesus wept tears, he wept because he was human. Jesus grieved, unashamed – his friend was dead. He remembered Lazarus’ face, his welcoming smile, his laughter. He remembered the hours they had sat talking; chewing the fat, shooting the breeze. Jesus wept for all that is passing.  Lazarus was gone, dead and buried and Read more

Giving up Mass for Lent Comments 0

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

It is the spring sumo season in Japan, one of the six two-week periods of the year when the national sport is played out before huge crowds. But not this year. The media are showing the wrestling tournament taking place in an empty venue. Spectators are banned from the arena. In various parts of the Read more

Lent-ish: Look on the bright side of Lent Comments 0

Thursday, March 5th, 2020

Megan Westra a progressive Christian speaker and seminary student has launched an email devotional called “Lent-ish,” urging her readers to look on the bright side of Lent. Read more Related Posts:A Millennial observance of what Lent looks likeLent, a time for a little less hypocrisyJohn Badcock’s Last Supper on displayThe first McDonald’s Filet-o-Fish response to Read more

Can Catholics eat plant-based “meat” on day of abstinence? Comments 0

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days when Catholics in New Zealand abstain from eating meat. Some people in the Catholic community worldwide are debating whether food made to look and taste like meat is allowed on days of abstinence. Read more Related Posts:Should Catholics consume artificial meat on abstinence days?Why does God care if Read more

A Millennial observance of what Lent looks like Comments 0

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

Lent: No booze. No meat. No french fries. For millions of Christians around the world, 40 days of “fasting” kicked off on Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of Lent. In the United States, even as younger Americans drift further away from organized religion, the practice of Lent persists. The Lenten season culminates on Holy Thursday, Read more

Why does God care if you give up chocolate? Comments 0

Thursday, February 27th, 2020
Rachel Sherlock

Why does God care if you give up chocolate? It’s a question I get asked in some form at least a couple of times each Lent, from Christian and non-Christian friends alike. While it’s a good question, I can’t help but find it a bit strange. Restrictive food fads are the rage From my perspective, Read more

The radical call of Lent Comments 0

Thursday, March 21st, 2019
season of creation

Imagine you’re sitting in front of your doctor, and he says that your health definitely needs to improve. He then looks you square in the eyes and says, “If you wish to live a healthy long life, you must stop eating junk food and living a sedentary lifestyle, and start eating plenty of healthy foods Read more

Apology after teacher makes student remove Ash Wednesday cross Comments 0

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

A fourth-grade student says he wasn’t allowed to wear the ash cross on his forehead on Ash Wednesday His teacher gave him a wipe and told him to take it off Read more Related Posts:Another mountain-top Easter Cross disappearsGovt told to honour promise to investigate student…US seminarian who carried cross at Pope’s Easter Mass diesParents angry Read more

No food, only beer: Fast like a 17th-century monk Comments 0

Thursday, March 14th, 2019
Lent beer

Lent kick off last week, launching a season of penance and spiritual reflection during which time Catholics the world over immerse themselves in a 40-day period of abstinence and fasting. In our time, some of the most popular luxuries to give up include social media, sweets, electronic devices, and caffeine. Some of the more die-hard Read more

Lent, a time for a little less hypocrisy Comments 0

Monday, March 11th, 2019
Lent hypocracy Pope Francis

Lent is a time to ask for God’s grace to chip away at hypocrisy, which is seen in the natural human attempt to appear “worthier than we are,” Pope Francis said. “I must appear to be what I am, and that is our work in Lent,” the pope said March 8 during his early morning Read more