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A season of change and mellow fruitfulness

It is Lent. A time of the year when the Church preaches repentance through prayer, almsgiving and fasting. We all are familiar with these terms as they come up often during our meditation, prayer, preaching and conversation.

We talk about who can or must keep the Lenten observance and who is exempted; we discuss what to eat or what to drink and so on. All these topics express our willingness to spend this time with clean hearts and benefit from it.








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Second Week of Lent

MARCH 12 – SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT.
Mass of the day, Creed, preface of first Sunday of Lent (purple).
Readings: Genesis 12:1-4a; 
2 Timothy 1:8b-10; Matthew 17:1-9.

MARCH 13 – MONDAY: SECOND WEEK OF LENT.
Mass of the day, preface for Lent (purple).
Readings: 
Daniel 9:4b-10; Luke 6:36-38.








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It is Lent and... that’s the news

HONG KONG (SE): There used to be a time when remembering the old adage, “Don’t forget to fast in Lent,” was enough to get you through, so long as you also remembered to eat fish on Fridays and a little bit less of it than most Fridays.

However, in our Church today the concept of Lent and its purpose has been considerably broadened. Speaking in St. Peter’s Square on Ash Wednesday, March 1, Pope Francis called it a time to remember who we are and why we are living on this earth.

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Facing temptation constructively

HONG KONG (SE): Exploring ways to reestablish a relationship with God, which has been broken by sin, was the focus of the Lenten recollection for overseas Filipino workers organised by the Chaplaincy for Filipinos at Sing Yin Secondary School, New Clear Water Bay Road, on March 6.

The chaplain to Filipinos, Father Jay Flandez, led an opening prayer and Sister Vicky Ramos spoke on the theme of Reconciliation: Path to peace.

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Ash Wednesday in China

BEIJING (SE): The Catholic community in mainland China celebrated the beginning of Lent in communion with the universal Church, paying particular attention to being in tune with the Jubilee of Mercy.

Fides reported that the rite of distribution ashes was marked in Changshu in the diocese of Suzhou, where a 98-year-old priest placed the ashes in the sign of the cross on the foreheads of hundreds of people.

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Third Week of Lent

Magsisi at magbago!

Noong nag-aaral pa ako ng Teolohiya, tuwing Sabado at Linggo kami po ay nagaapostolate. Yung ibang kong kaklase ay naka-talaga sa parokya, sila’y tumulong sa gawain ng simbahan, yung iba naman ay naka-assign sa mga batang lansa-ngan o street children, at ako nama’y naka-assign sa isang “drug rehabilation centre.” 








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Third Week of Lent

Call to radical conversion

Today’s gospel reading speaks of an episode of Pilate’s cruelty. Some pilgrims came from Galilee to offer sacrifice in the temple. 








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Third Week of Lent

Call to radical conversion

Today’s gospel reading speaks of an episode of Pilate’s cruelty. Some pilgrims came from Galilee to offer sacrifice in the temple. 








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Lenten appeal for children

MANILA (Agencies): In his pastoral letter for Ash Wednesday, the archbishop of Manila, Luis Cardinal Tagle, called for support for a Church-based feeding programme for the country’s malnourished children. This year’s target is to provide for 25,000 of them.

“It only takes 1,200 pesos ($198), or 10 pesos ($1.65) a day to bring back a hungry and malnourished child to a healthy state in six months,” Cardinal Tagle told CBCP News.

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Pray for our enemies

The beginning of the Year of the Monkey and Lent coincide, two seasons in which people customarily make resolutions.

Although it may be a reflection of people’s consciousness of their short comings, choosing to give something up is as common as its failure rate, although because Lent is much shorter than a year and does not threaten the permanency of deprivation, it has a better chance.