(Journey through Lent 2019 with CatholicPhilly.com)

Humility and simplicity — which lead to our personal renewal and affect our charitable giving — are poignant themes for Lent, as our package of stories from our partner Catholic News Service explains on the opening of the Lenten season.

This Lent, go without, and make a difference
The example of the humble tomato and the simplicity of Marie Kondo show writer Stephanie Clary that one does not live by bread (or bacon) alone, and one’s choices really do have lasting effects on the world.

40 days of hunger and humility
Humility and simplicity sound nice, but they require a fierce discipline of consistency, writes Genevieve Mougey. They encourage us to step outside of ourselves and look to others in charity.

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