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Lent: Emptied to fill

Devotion can be more than just obeying Lenten rules; it can open us to God’s greater gifts. Learn more about the Lenten tradition of fasting, its guidelines and some unique fasts to take this season. Read about Almsgiving and Lenten activities throughout the diocese of Little Rock, including Stations of the Cross, fish fries and penance services. 


Parishes hold activities to observe the Lenten season

Published: February 28, 2020   

Parishes in the Diocese of Little Rock provided these schedules for activities offered during Lent. Plans can change; confirm the event with the parish before you go.   Altus St. Mary Stations of the Cross, Fridays during Lent, 7 p.m.; fish fries, Feb. 28, March 6 and 13, April 3, 5-7 p.m.   Arkadelphia St. Mary Stations of the Cross (bilingual), Fridays during Lent, 6 p.m.; Bible study in English, 10 a.m. Sundays; Bible study in Spanish, 7 p.m., Wednesdays   Barling Sacred Heart of Mary Lenten More... 

Almsgiving: An overshadowed Lenten pillar

By Carol Zimmermann, Published: February 28, 2020      

WASHINGTON — When it comes to the three pillars of Lent, almsgiving is a little bit like the middle child, not always getting the attention that prayer and fasting do. The word hardly rolls off the tongue and people don’t talk about it as they might discuss what they are giving up for Lent or how they might be praying more or reading spiritual books during the 40 days before Easter. A February editorial in America magazine More... 

Lenten guidelines for fasting, abstinence

Published: February 28, 2020   

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence. For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are More... 

Top Catholic media to read and listen to during Lent

Published: February 28, 2020   

Read and listen Here are some of the top Catholic media to read and listen to during Lent to enrich your faith and help you grow closer to Christ.   Most popular Catholic podcasts, according to Apple • Bishop Robert Barron’s Sermons • Catholic Stuff You Should Know • The Word on Fire Catholic Show — Catholic Faith and Culture • The Father Mike Schmitz Podcast • Catholic Answers Live   Popular Catholic apps These apps are available for Android and iOS. They are free unless More... 

Take a fast from food, social media, even hot showers

By Aprille Hanson, Published: February 26, 2020   

As Catholics have fallen off the wagon at eating healthier and exercising in the New Year, come February there’s another opportunity to get back on track — Lent. However, fasting is about more than giving up Snickers or skipping the steak. If that’s all it is, it’s missed the spiritual point completely. It’s an opportunity to empty ourselves to be filled with God, to connect with the poor and remind us that everything good comes from God, More...