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Ash Wednesday

Lent: Learning To Suffer? Or Learning To Love?

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 04.23.2012 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

So what could a justice-oriented Lent look like? What would it look like if instead of passing up a Snickers bar, we passed on the love of Christ by feeding our neighbors who don't have the luxury of turning down food?

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust

Rev. Eleanor Harrison Bregman | Posted 04.23.2012 | Religion
Rev. Eleanor Harrison Bregman

Yes, there is a need for introspection and repenting - I don't want to minimize that. But my tradition also promises a Love that will hold us all forever, in life and in death.

Remember That You Are Divine

Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Ph.D. | Posted 04.23.2012 | Religion
Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Ph.D.

For some people, every day is already a painful reminder that they are made of dust. For these people, sin is not so much about pride, but rather the failure to have a healthy sense of self-esteem and love for oneself.

Pope Benedict Marks Ash Wednesday

AP | Posted 04.23.2012 | Religion

ROME — Pope Benedict XVI rode on a motorized cart in an Ash Wednesday procession, forsaking the traditional short walk between two Rome churches...

Be Careful, Christians: The 'Hypocrites' Are Us

Jon M. Sweeney | Posted 04.23.2012 | Religion
Jon M. Sweeney

How many Christians misunderstood the meaning of Jesus's teaching today? They may have walked home thinking that as long as they were not like those hypocritical other people, they would be OK before God.

Art For Ash Wednesday

Posted 02.22.2012 | Arts

Happy Ash Wednesday, everyone. For those lapsed Catholics who forgot, today is the beginning of Lent, marking the start of 40 days of fasting and pray...

Cardinal Feeds Hungry On Ash Wednesday

Posted 02.22.2012 | Religion

The Franciscans of Holy Name Province welcomed Cardinal Timothy Dolan to the more than 80-year-old St. Francis Breadline in New York City on Ash Wedne...

National Margarita Day: Celebrate With These Recipes

The Huffington Post | Laura Steiner | Posted 02.22.2012 | Latino Voices

Today is National Margarita Day-- one of those completely made up and unnecessary holidays that you can't help but love-- and we have the best Margar...

Fat Tuesday And Skinny Wednesday

Shane Claiborne | Posted 04.22.2012 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

In a world filled with clutter, noise and hustle, Lent is a good excuse to step back and rethink how we live. In a world of instant gratification, it's a chance to practice delayed gratification so that we can truly appreciate the blessings we have.

On Ash Wednesday, Episcopalians Take It To The Streets

Posted 02.21.2012 | Religion

By Piet Levy Religion News Service (RNS) Five years ago, the Rev. Teresa K.M. Danieley had an epiphany of sorts. If people can grab breakfast on t...

Creating Sacred Space In Life And Death

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

With Ash Wednesday, a season of spiritual inspection and makeover begins that involves our lives, our communities, even our worship space.

WATCH: Pee-Wee & Conan Act Out The First Ash Wednesday

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

This year for Lent, you can give up not knowing what Lent is, thanks to Pee-Wee Herman. The ever-jovial and crisply-suited icon stopped in on Con...

PHOTOS: 'World's Largest' Human Cross

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Catholics around the world observed Ash Wednesday by getting their foreheads marked with ashes, while others began a solemn time of fasting for the du...

Ash Wednesday Fasting Rules

Posted 02.22.2012 | Religion

Catholics and other Christians around the world are observing Ash Wednesday today, March 9, 2011. If you too want to observe the holy day according...

A Smudge Of Ashes

Rev. Anne Howard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Anne Howard

It was that smudge of ashes that reminded me of things I had learned in my earliest days of Sunday School, and at the same time told me that now I was in startling new territory.

Ash Wednesday And The Value Of Tradition

Christopher Cocca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Christopher Cocca

Not all who find themselves moved to religious ritual are finished seeking. Those who will bear the mark of Christ's cross on Ash Wednesday do so for different, even disparate reasons.

Ash Wednesday: Mortality, Humanity And Humility

Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski

Those of us who use Ash Wednesday to begin Lent find the 40-day season helpful in reconnecting us to the foundations of faith.

Ash Wednesday And Lent: Beginning Again Always

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sister Joan Chittister, OSB

Lent is a call to weep for what we could have been and are not. Lent is not about penance. Lent is about becoming, doing and changing whatever it is that is blocking the fullness of life in us right now.

This Lent, Give Up Your Inflexible Workday

David Gray | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Gray

Many companies are discovering that diversity, including religious diversity, among its workforce leads to creative ideas, better outcomes and higher profits.

Remember You Will Die (It Helps You To Be Alive)

Kent Annan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kent Annan

Each Ash Wednesday, if you go to a church that does this sort of thing, a version of "memento mori" happens when you go to your knees and a cross of ashes is marked on your forehead.

Beware the Ides of March

Dr. Susan Corso | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Susan Corso

Have you ever contemplated the signs and symbols associated with a perfectly neutral thing like a month? Today is the Ides of March, that infamous occ...

Ash Wednesday Is For Everyone

Bryan Cones | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bryan Cones

Catholics have Lent as a yearly remedy to our all-you-can-eat attitudes, one worth sharing with everyone else. If the call to "repent and believe in the gospel" isn't your speed, how about, "Stop eating the world."

Can You Eat Meat On Ash Wednesday?

Posted 02.22.2012 | Healthy Living

If one is observing Ash Wednesday, the answer is no. Ash Wednesday, observed forty days (not counting Sundays) before Easter, and one day after Shr...

Kay Burley, British TV Host, Mistakes Joe Biden's Ash Wednesday Forehead For Bruise (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

British TV host Kay Burley Wednesday mistook Vice President Joe Biden's Ash Wednesday ashes for a bruise on his forehead. "What's happened to his hea...

Lenten Prayers: What To Pray During Lent, Ash Wednesday 2010

The Huffington Post | Craig Kanalley | Posted 07.23.2011 | Home

With Lent beginning today, Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, Catholics may be looking for Lenten prayers for this holy season. Paul Dobbyn of the Catho...