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Jimmy Akin’s Interesting Guide to Lent

March 14, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Lent

Jimmy Akin's Interesting Guide to Lent

“Annual Lent Fight Update!” by Jimmy Akin Wednesday, March 09, 2011 12:34 AM Comments (3) (Published by permission from the National Catholic Register 

In the years I have been maintaining my personal blog (www.jimmyakin.org), I have uploaded something over 4700 posts (according to current statistics). This makes it a bit hard to remember everything I’ve put up.

Fortunately, I have the memories of readers to remind me, and one reader in particular has reminded me that there are some posts that I had forgotten to include in the Annual Lent Fight that I uploaded yesterday.

These posts concern, in particular, the Church’s laws concerning Ash Wednesday and its laws regarding fasting.

As a result, I’ve done some link updating.

Since Ash Wednesday is a day of both fast and abstinence, I have chosen to repeat here the relevant links, along with this introductory note citing the main differences.

I hope this helps, and I wish all a tranquil and spiritually productive season of Lent.

GENERAL

DURATION

PENANCE IN GENERAL

FASTING

ABSTINENCE

ASH WEDNESDAY

HOLY THURSDAY

GOOD FRIDAY

FRIDAY PENANCE OUTSIDE OF LENT

What do you think?

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  • LizEst

    Great roundup on all the regs and stuff.

    Let’s also remember the whole point of Lent is to turn back to God with all our hearts (cf Deuteronmy 30:10). Scripture tells us to “Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord, your God” Joel 2:13 AND “A humbled, contrite heart you will not spurn” Psalm 51:19.

  • Lflynn

    I was so excited to begin Lent. I even started a head of time. I love my prayerful life experiences. But, it seems as soon as Ash Wednesday ended, I started having multiple struggles that prevent me from following what I want to do for Jesus. Why? It doesn’t seem as difficult when Lent is not going on. I feel exhausted mentally and physically.

  • faithful123

    I am hoping to make this a very ‘come closer to Him’ Lent. I can’t, of course, reveal what I am doing (keep deeds secret) but it’s more a doing than a giving up sacrifice.

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