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Lenten Reflection

Spirituality and Religion: The Relevance of Religious Parables in Today's World

Adrian Brito | Posted 06.17.2014 | Religion
Adrian Brito

True spiritual enlightenment lies not in going to Church every Sunday or believing in a specific set of dogmas, but rather in understanding how religious parables can be used to shed light on mankind's greatest challenges.

Why I'm Committed to Lent

Mallory McDuff, Ph.D. | Posted 06.01.2014 | Religion
Mallory McDuff, Ph.D.

In Fairhope, Alabama, I grew up in a family of six where giving up something for Lent was an expectation, not a choice. A few days before Ash Wednesday, the dinner conversation revolved around one question: 'What you are giving up for Lent?'

Giving up God for Lent

Martin Poole | Posted 05.21.2014 | Religion
Martin Poole

We need to be clear that there is a difference between loss and abstinence. I choose to abstain for a purpose, but loss may be imposed on me by circumstance.

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.

Be Kind To Prophets

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 05.05.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

In Lent, we should strive to hear them, be kind and open. Try to understand that beneath their sometime outer hardness and obstinacy is an acute sensitivity and tenderness, a genuine openness to God's spirit.

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.

Lenten Journey In The Sonoran

Stan Duncan | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion
Stan Duncan

Traveling with an interfaith fair trade organization, we studied coffee and marketing for churches in the states. While there, I met the families of two young people. They would have been about 19 when I was there. Their parents had been growing corn and beans and coffee in that region for a hundred years. However, in 1989 that changed.

Of Blisters And Ashes, High Heels And Lent

Bert Montgomery | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion
Bert Montgomery

Being a Baptist, I'm still quite new to the rich Christian traditions of Ash Wednesday and Lent. I do know, though, that it's more than just "giving up" something or trying to "pick up" something else.

Giving Up Literalism For Lent

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 04.22.2013 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

Just as Jesus refused to let the devil tempt him with Scriptural Literalism in the first century wilderness, we must resist the same temptation in the 21st -- because it makes no more sense now than it did then to take the Living Word of God and misuse it as the Literal Words of God.

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.

My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 04.16.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

The waste and agony of dying are all around us. Death has come to mean an impersonal body count. Horror stories fill TV screens and usurp press headlines. How can we simply go on as if this kind of tragedy were absent?

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.

Live For The Least Of These During Lent

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori | Posted 04.13.2013 | Religion
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

As you engage this Lent, I would encourage you to pray, to fast, to act in solidarity with those who go without. Learn more, give alms, share what you have. Be conscious about what you eat.

Lent And Love: A Reflection On John 3:16

Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto | Posted 06.03.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto

In the end, we may find that in the light of God's love, we are mere toddlers. We're not sure of the words we speak. We're not sure we know what we mean when we say love.

Confessions Of A Mid-Lent Crisis

Lisa Hickman | Posted 05.31.2012 | Religion
Lisa Hickman

Still, echoes of all those Lenten 'shoulds' reverberate through my mind and heart. If I am to strike 'discipline' from my theological lexicon, then what am I to do this Lent?

Lent: Fasting And Feasting

Rev. Tim Phillips | Posted 05.29.2012 | Religion
Rev. Tim Phillips

So the celebration of Easter is not about giving up Lent -- just like Lent wasn't about giving up Easter. It is all part of the same holy rhythm of discerning enough and learning what life together really means.

Lent: Saints Alive!

Rev. Tim Schenck | Posted 05.28.2012 | Religion
Rev. Tim Schenck

A couple years ago I thought, why should college basketball fans have all the fun while we Christians sit around giving up chocolate? Thus Lent Madness was born.

Life, Death And Lent

Phil Porter | Posted 05.23.2012 | Religion
Phil Porter

We, too, have a chance to think things over, whether or not we really stop or slow down our normal lives for a period of time.

What We Give Up For Lent: Rethinking 'Fasting'

Maria Mayo | Posted 05.21.2012 | Religion
Maria Mayo

Taking Lent seriously means recognizing and seeking to break those fasts. It means not taking the Easter celebration and relief for granted.

Lent: Words In The Wilderness

Rachel G. Hackenberg | Posted 05.20.2012 | Religion
Rachel G. Hackenberg

While many choose to journey through Lent with fasting or generosity as the tools for considering our human dustiness, I choose to journey into the wild finitude with words.

Of Lent And Love: What I Learned In The Midst Of Betrayal

Carol Howard Merritt | Posted 05.19.2012 | Religion
Carol Howard Merritt

My faith was formed that evening, not by the bitter betrayals, but in the love of the women. I think about that night each Lent, as we walk toward that treacherous path with Jesus.

Lenten Journey

Father Alberto Cutié | Posted 05.12.2012 | Religion
Father Alberto Cutié

I am convinced that when Lent moves from just "giving up" or fasting to "feasting" on good habits, the transformation can be truly amazing!

God Of Light And Matter: Prayer In The Season of Lent

Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard | Posted 05.10.2012 | Religion
Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard

As the earth circles the sun again this season, as Lent sprawls out through this universe, hither and yon, may it rest in me, may it remake me: new energy, new matter, new purpose:

Lent: Grace In The Wilderness

Ron Nikkel | Posted 05.09.2012 | Religion
Ron Nikkel

Lent is like an excursion into the wilderness during which I leave my familiar dependencies to embrace silence, solitude, and deprivation beyond the daily attractions and distractions that shape my life.

Lent: The Wilderness Within And Without

Gary Dorrien | Posted 05.08.2012 | Religion
Gary Dorrien

What does it profit anyone to gain the whole world but lose one's soul? This haunting question was an echo of Jesus' temptation in the wilderness.