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Lent 2013

Click a headline below to read selected stories from Arkansas Catholic’s special Lenten section which appeared in the Feb. 9, 2013 issue. For other Lenten resources in English, visit our diocesan website or here in Spanish.


Lent, Year of Faith inspire varied styles of prayer

By Dwain Hebda, Published: February 12, 2013      

“How to pray? This is a simple matter. I would say: Pray any way you like, so long as you do pray.” — Blessed John Paul II Prayer has never been more popular these days. Prayer has its own institute, its own day, its own Facebook page and its own TV channel. Prayer is taught in divinity schools and kindergarten religion class. Prayer is big business, returning 303 million web sites with a single search many touting countless More... 

‘Master, teach us to pray’

By Dwain Hebda, Published: February 10, 2013   

Lent is a particularly powerful time of year to pray. It is a time for us to lay bare our souls and offer atonement for those times we have fallen short. God gives us prayer as a standing invitation to redemption. We can bring our hearts to the Lord anytime we like, in any manner we like, confident that we are heard and loved and understood, no matter what. Remember, just as there is no one More... 

10 things to remember for Lent

By Bishop David L. Ricken, Published: February 7, 2013   

1. Remember the formula: The Church does a good job capturing certain truths with easy-to-remember lists and formulas: 10 Commandments, seven sacraments, three persons in the Trinity. For Lent, the Church gives us almost a slogan — prayer, fasting and almsgiving — as the three things we need to work on during the season. 2. It’s a time of prayer: Lent is essentially an act of prayer spread out over 40 days. As we pray, we More... 

Parishes enrich Lent with activities

Published: February 6, 2013   

Parishes in the Diocese of Little Rock provided these schedules for Lenten activities. Call the parish for details before making your plans to attend. Holy Week events will be published at a later date. Arkadelphia St. Mary Stations of the Cross, Fridays during Lent, 6 p.m. Bald Knob St. Richard Stations of the Cross, Saturdays during Lent, 3:30 p.m. Barling Sacred Heart of Mary Mass, Stations of the Cross and Meal, Fridays during Lent, 5:30 p.m. Lenten retreat in Vietnamese, March 7-10 Batesville St. Mary Mass and Stations More... 

Questions and answers about holy season

Published: February 5, 2013   

Q. Is Ash Wednesday a holy day of obligation? A. Ash Wednesday is not a holy day of obligation. The days of obligation all celebrate an event in the life of Jesus or Mary or a person (or persons as in the case of All Saints Day). Ash Wednesday does not, but it marks the beginning of a season. The day is chosen based on the fact that it’s 40 days before Good Friday. It is, More...