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Lent 2013

When Religion and Dieting Collide: What Did You Give Up for Lent?

Robin M. Masheb | Posted 05.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Robin M. Masheb

Maybe what we need to give up for Lent isn't a forbidden food, but the Fat Talk instead. Eating is indeed a sacred practice. As is the speech we use to feed our minds.

This Ain't No Ordinary King

The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.26.2013 | Religion
The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.

So we can get to new life. I hope our apathy dies. I hope our sense of powerlessness dies. I hope our notion that religion is only about personal piety and not about political action dies.

No Meat For Lent? Try Iguana

Agence France Presse | Blanca Morel | Posted 05.23.2013 | World

Catholics tired of fish on Friday can enjoy a Lent-friendly smorgasbord in Nicaragua, where soups made with iguana or armadillo are served with a heal...

I Want To Care Again, Lord

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Because I've seen so much tragic addiction at close range, including in my own family, I felt literally pulled into writing a prayer about its pain and also possibilities of healing.

The Parable of the Prodigal Son: Which Character Are You?

Rev. Daniel C. Kostakis | Posted 05.10.2013 | Religion
Rev. Daniel C. Kostakis

Every person we see is a child of God and destined to be in communion with the Divine, embrace by God's arms which are truly ours. Embrace a Prodigal today!

What Jesus Can Teach Us About Emotional Authenticity

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

God forces us to choose whether to hold tight to a stifling, unfulfilling emotional life, or to let go in the liberation of genuine wholeness.

Wilderness Survival: The Clock Is Ticking

Rob Lee | Posted 04.26.2013 | Religion
Rob Lee

As a person of faith, I think I get a little tired of waiting. I think we'd all be OK with Christmas without Advent, Easter without Lent. Where's the fun in that, though?

The Stations Of The Cross

Rev. Daniel C. Kostakis | Posted 04.26.2013 | Religion
Rev. Daniel C. Kostakis

A Lenten tradition in Western Christianity is to meditate upon the journey Christ took to Calvary. Only by walking with Christ and seeing just how much he truly loved everyone can we begin to love others in the same fashion.

Why This Atheist Is Observing Lent

Vlad Chituc | Posted 04.25.2013 | Religion
Vlad Chituc

I'm as much an atheist now as I've ever been. But I find something really compelling and human in the practice of Lent, and I think it's something a lot of other atheists, if they'd like, can find enrichment from.

Practicing Lent Off The Mat

Diana V. Morgan | Posted 04.19.2013 | Religion
Diana V. Morgan

Lent provides an opportunity to practice our religion -- our Christianity -- off the mat; we take our church "state-of-mind" home for the entire month. In living with our God off the mat we make our relationship with God our own.

To The Ashes, To The Soil, I Gladly Return

Chris Fici | Posted 04.19.2013 | Religion
Chris Fici

I appreciated the dirtiness of our Ash Wednesday retreat, and by dirtiness I mean the reminder that the soil, the ground, and the earth that is the very foundation of our bodily existence is something that we must not lose touch with.

Giving Up God For Lent

Brandon Ambrosino | Posted 04.17.2013 | Religion
Brandon Ambrosino

I am giving up God for Lent to make room for God. I am prying open my fingers, and letting all of my theological idols crash to the ground.

Don't Get Caught In The Lent Trap

Mark Sandlin | Posted 04.17.2013 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

The way many of us practice Lent has turned it into nothing more than a time for religious New Year's resolutions.

What Are You Giving Up For Lent?

Diann Rust-Tierney | Posted 04.17.2013 | Religion
Diann Rust-Tierney

Lent is an opportunity to right-size our personal commitments and realign our priorities. We loosen our attachment to even seemingly innocuous or good things that hinder our spiritual growth because they consume a disproportionate amount of focus, energy or time.

Why Do We Give Up Things For Lent?

Megan Cottrell | Posted 04.16.2013 | Religion
Megan Cottrell

I may not be Catholic anymore, but I am going to go back to my roots this year and give up something for Lent. It's not really a sacrifice, but it will be hard.

Join HuffPost In Observing 40 Days Of Lent

The Huffington Post | Jahnabi Barooah | Posted 03.29.2013 | Religion

The 40 days of Lent that lead to Easter are the most sacred and spiritually powerful in the Christian calendar. From the Ash Wednesday reminder to 're...

It's Not About Me: A Lenten Challenge

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 04.15.2013 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

While the stores start stocking plastic eggs and Easter baskets, we do something on Ash Wednesday that is completely counter-cultural: We go to church, smear ashes on our foreheads and remind one another that everything we know is only temporary. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.

Giving Up Guns for Lent

Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto | Posted 04.15.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto

A fast from guns might bring some of the clarity we need. And perhaps this fast would lead us to a place of wisdom, compassion, graceful listening and even peace.

Fasting For Lent Like An Old Testament Prophet

Religion News Service | G. Jeffrey MacDonald | Posted 02.07.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Amy Lester has followed Jesus for decades, but her keen appreciation for his sacrifice on the cross came only recently when she started eating l...

I Talk to Trees: A Lenten Reflection

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 04.09.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Its trunk seems sturdier than some belief systems. Its branches are hospitable and inviting. I'm aware of my age and accompanying collection of aches and pains. These are also litanies of anxiety that seem to have marked my being.