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Lent: A Time to Joyfully Return to Christ

As Catholics, we sometimes enter the season of Lent with a sense of somberness and woe. After all, this is a time of fasting, prayer and giving alms as we reflect on the suffering and death of Christ.

How Lent heals [VIDEO]

A quick reflection on three spiritual dysfunctions in us and how prayer, fasting and almsgiving heal each one.

By the final reel: films for Lent with conversion themes

Ten films that showcase characters experiencing a positive change of heart, mind or outlook, something Catholics strive for daily, particularly in Lent.

Fr. Valentine Boyle, OCarm (1920-2018)

His priestly ministry stretched from Illinois to Kansas to a parish, mission, the Native American Reservation and tribunal in the Diocese of Phoenix.

Fasting during Lent includes sharing, treating others kindly, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Loudly boasting or complaining about fasting during Lent and treating others unkindly is not what God wants, Pope Francis said.

Lenten grocery guide

The time to shop for the remaining Fridays in Lent is now.

Lent is time to notice God’s work, receive God’s mercy, pope says

ROME (CNS) — Lent is a time for Christians to get their hearts in sync with the heart of Jesus, Pope Francis said.

Feast of St. Valentine, Feb. 14

What little is known of the feast’s namesake can be attributed to the lives of two martyrs: Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni, though most scholars consider them to be the same person.

Soup dinner and no dessert? Valentine’s Day Ash Wednesday-style

The last time Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day overlapped, in 1945, the Detroit Tigers won the World Series. The next time: six years.

Lent is time to become aware of false prophets, cold hearts, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Catholics should use the season of Lent to look for signs and symptoms of being under the spell of false prophets and of living with cold, selfish and hateful hearts, Pope Francis said.