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Reflections by Friars: Lent

What Are You Giving Up for Lent?
By George Corrigan, OFM
In this reflection, Fr. George examines ‘what we give up for Lent’ and the real reason for the season.

Jesus on Call
By Roderic Petrie, OFM
During Lent, Fr. Roderic recommends thinking about ‘where we can help’ Jesus.

Are You Listening During Lent?
By George Corrigan, OFM
In this essay, Fr. George reminds readers that, like Abraham and Sarah, ‘we are people on a journey’.

Nailed to the Cross Over and Over Again
By Joseph Quinn, OFM
Fr. Joseph provides ideas about deepening the trust in the word and the sacrifices of Jesus.

Lent and Forgiveness
By Fr. Kevin Mackin, OFM
As the 40-day journey to Easter begins, Fr. Kevin shares thoughts about the importance of reviewing “the pathways and ministries where God has led us and walked with us.”

A Fast From the Unusual
By Fr. Philip O’Shea, OFM
Fr. Philip describes Lent as a journey from doldrums to divine.

Into the Desert
By Fr. Brian Smail, OFM
A former Provincial vocation director recalls a Gospel reading for the first Sunday of Lent.

Lent Reminds Us to Do the Best We Can
By Fr. Stephen Lynch, OFM
Fr. Stephen remembers what the Didache authors wrote, “If you cannot be perfect, do the best you can.”

Lenten Prayer and Rituals
By Fr. Frank Critch, OFM
Fr. Frank describes how Lent is a time to bring together meal preparation and spirituality.

Reflections on Fasting, Prayer and Almsgiving
By Fr. Stephen Lynch, OFM
Fr. Stephen provides a reflection about Ash Wednesday describing the history of fasting traditions as well as the theology of Lent.

Spring and Lent
By Fr. William DeBiase, OFM
A Philadelphia friar reflects on “the springtime of our lives.”

Teenagers Hungry for Jesus
By Fr. Francis Pompei, OFM
Fr. Francis shares how his ministry with young people has left him “truly blessed and led by the Lord,” especially during the Lenten season.

By Fr. C. Raymond Selker, OFM
A reflection about the own journey of conversion by Fr. Raymond, during the Lenten season.