Posts Tagged ‘Lent’

Focus on what is necessary rather than pious denials

Thursday, February 25th, 2021
Social Development Goals

A New Zealand religious leader is calling on members of his congregation to focus on what is necessary for life rather than being caught up with pious denials; particularly during Lent. He says he was cheered by a recent reading at Mass where a group is bewailing the fact that their “good deeds” go unnoticed Read more

Me and Mrs Jones

Monday, February 22nd, 2021
Me and Mrs Jones

Mrs Jones sat in the lobby of the nursing home, 92 years old, poised and handsomely dressed, even though legally blind, waiting to be moved to another single room. Her husband of 70 years had passed away, making the move more necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently, she smiled sweetly when told that her Read more

Venturing together, from darkness to light

Monday, February 22nd, 2021

On Ash Wednesday, or perhaps ‘Ash Sunday’ this year in New Zealand, with dust-like ashes crossed upon our foreheads we were each invited to call to mind that this mortal body, this earthly life, is passing away – sooner than we realize – and that you and I would be wise to diligently prepare for Read more

Nine reasons to pray

Thursday, February 18th, 2021
reasons to pray

Why pray? Let me suggest the first reason: God wants to be in a relationship with you. How can you know this? Because you want to pray. And how do I know that? Because you’re reading this. That may sound sarcastic, but it’s not. There’s a serious point here: your desire for prayer reveals something Read more

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

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

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

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:Ashes on Second Sunday of Lent!Give up gossip, take up gratitude for LentGovernment spends $400m, helps 12 families into homesGlobal modification to Ash Wednesday ceremonies

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

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:Archbishop grants Catholics dispensation from…Taranaki food charity introduces lottery systemPope Francis asks Read more

A Millennial observance of what Lent looks like

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?

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