Lent 2014

Use Lent to shed apathy to sin, poverty, indifference to God, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Lent is a time to shed lazy, un-Christian habits and snap out of one's apathy toward people harmed by violence, poverty and not having God in their lives, Pope Francis said.

Ash Wednesday begins Church’s Lenten season

CatholicPhilly.com presents a special section on the Lenten season with many resources to help people pray, fast and give alms to the poor. Each day we feature a daily Lenten meditation plus reflections from our columnists and links to spiritual content from Catholic sources. Begin Ash Wednesday and Lent with CatholicPhilly.com's Lent 2014 section.

Praying Lent: Ash Wednesday

A daily meditation courtesy of Creighton Online Ministries.

Ash Wednesday 3-Minute Retreat

Make Ash Wednesday special this year by making a brief retreat online, courtesy of Loyola Press -- in English and Spanish.

More resources for Lent

From materials for celebrating the sacrament of penance, opportunities for almsgiving tor the poor and a host of other rich resources, our links help you prepare well throughout these 40 days.

Rules for fasting and abstinence during Lent

Only one full meatless meal is allowed during Ash Wednesday, among these other sacrificial practices.

Walk into the starkness of Lent seeking a word in the desert

Spirituality columnist Michelle Francl-Donnay is thinking of deserts these days, and not just because they're warm during this long winter. The desert fathers and mothers of antiquity have much to teach us as we prepare to enter Lent.

Before beginning Lenten retreat, pope cites need for silence, prayer

Pope Francis said retreats should renew the faith of participants, transforming their ministry and their relationships with others.