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Simple, meatless solidarity with CRS Rice Bowl

A portion of donations stay in state, helping fund Catholic Charities of Arkansas

Published: February 11, 2016   
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Kao phiak sai tua leuang is a Laotian recipe for rice and lentils with egg. More simple, meatless recipes for Lent are available from the CRS Rice Bowl program at

Each year, Catholic Relief Services operates the Rice Bowl program to raise funds for programs serving people in need. A portion of Rice Bowl donations stays in the Diocese of  Little Rock, helping fund emergency assistance from Catholic Charities of Arkansas.

In addition to daily reflections and activities for each day of Lent, Rice Bowl offers meatless recipes for Friday abstinence.

According to the CRS website, “Fasting from meat on Fridays during Lent helps us ‘acquire a mastery over our instincts and freedom of heart.’ (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2043). Fasting is meant to free us. It helps us feel our physical hunger, and in turn, our spiritual hunger for the infinite love found only in God.”

Reflections, activities and more recipes are available on the CRS Rice Bowl website:

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