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5 Foods to Try this Lent

5 Foods to Try this Lent

 You know you’re supposed to fast but what are you supposed to eat? We have some ideas. While Lent fasting has fed the soul for centuries, it has also led to a considerable amount of innovation in the kitchen. From bread created by an Italian monk to stealing traditions from Ramadan, there are some diverse and tasty options that have united Christian around the world and have helped them observe the fast for centuries. For a greater connection to the universal Church, here are 5 foods to try during Lent this year.   Pretzels  You might think of soft pretzels...

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It’s February and I think about sickness

It’s February and I think about sickness

The message of February is love because the message of February is pro-life because its message is to embrace the cross.

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La Befana and the Magi by Jessica Furiosi

La Befana and the Magi by Jessica Furiosi

If you travel to Italy during the Twelve Days of Christmas, especially as you get closer to the Epiphany on January 6th you will see a sight that is quite unique. Italy will suddenly transform itself something closer to an American Halloween than the Father Christmas we are used to at this time of year. There will be witches in the stores filled with candy and people dressed up for photo opportunities with costumed witches in the streets. This is a special witch named “La Befana.” According to Italian legend, as the Three Magi were traveling to visit the Baby...

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It’s beginning to look a lot like… Good Friday?

It’s beginning to look a lot like… Good Friday?

In the Crucifixion, we’re shown the torture. We know there was blood. This is how Jesus emptied Himself, but the total self-sacrifice of the Incarnation, giving up His divinity, couldn’t be any less than the Crucifixion.

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