Hope from the Ashes: Preparing for an Evangelizing Lent
Each Ash Wednesday, millions of people—many who are not active in the practice of faith—will take time to receive ashes. Even more will engage in a Lenten custom in their personal lives such as Friday fasting. However, after Easter, this engagement often wanes, and the connection with the Church might be lost. This momentary experience, though, is still an occasion of hope for the Church. As the world moves through uncertain times, this annual phenomenon touches the heart and soul of so many people as it has for centuries: as a source of refuge, stability, and belonging in the midst of anxiety, crisis, and isolation. There is also hope that can come from the efforts of active Catholics and Church leaders who respond to this experience with boundless hospitality, radical warmth, and unconditional compassion. Drawing from his book, Hope from the Ashes, Paul will help people understand the phenomenon and offer ideas of what they can do to respond and accompany Lenten visitors, and in so doing, help transform “moments of return” into “milestones of faith” for countless men and women who will come for ashes.
This website features profiles of saints, special devotions in the church including those who are blessed and Marian devotions, and other important events in the liturgical calendar. For each feast, you will find a short biography, the patronage of the saint, a short video, and various tags about the time period, vocation, and country of the saint. This ever-growing website can serve as a reference to learn about the lives of holiness of saints throughout the whole Catholic Church.
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