Lodinews.com

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

Millions of Americans Observing Lent This Season

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 10:00 pm | Updated: 1:32 am, Fri Mar 7, 2014.

(StatePoint) Approximately 250 million Christians in America will be observing Lent this spring, according to the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). Lent, which runs from March through much of April, takes place during the 40 days before Easter.

If you’ve heard coworkers, neighbors and friends allude to “what they’re giving up for Lent,” you may have wondered what this annual observance is all about.

Click Here to Enlarge Image.

To help make things more clear, the NCEA is offering some background information on why Christians celebrate Lent:

• Prayer: “While Christians should pray daily, Lent serves as a time to focus our prayer or extend our time in prayer,” says Brother Robert Bimonte at NCEA. “Reflecting on how well we are living our lives is essential.”

• Fasting: Lent is a time to simplify our lives by giving up what we do not really need. By fasting, Christians also repent for mistakes.

• Charity: Helping others by sharing our “time, talent and treasure,” is part of living the Christian message. Many people renew that commitment during Lent by volunteering and donating to charitable causes.

“Above all, Lent is used as a time to reflect, renew and reach out,” says Bimonte.

*****

Photo Credit: National Catholic Educational Association

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Use your real name. You must register with your full first and last name before you can comment. (And don’t pretend you’re someone else.)
  • 2 Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually oriented language.
  • 3 Don’t threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
  • 4 Be truthful. Don't lie about anyone or anything. Don't post unsubstantiated allegations, rumors or gossip that could harm the reputation of a person, company or organization.
  • 5 Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 6 Stay on topic. Make sure your comments are about the story. Don’t insult each other.
  • 7 Tell us if the discussion is getting out of hand. Use the ‘Report’ link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 8 Share what you know, and ask about what you don't.
  • 9 Don’t be a troll.
  • 10 Don’t reveal personal information about other commenters. You may reveal your own personal information, but we advise you not to do so.
  • 11 We reserve the right, at our discretion, to monitor, delete or choose not to post any comment. This may include removing or monitoring posts that we believe violate the spirit or letter of these rules, or that we otherwise determine at our discretion needs to be monitored, not posted, or deleted.

Welcome to the discussion.

Poll

What would you like to see in Lodi's parks?

Lodi's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department is hosting a public workshop at 7 p.m. at Hutchins Street Square to find out how it can better meet the needs of the community. What would you like to see in Lodi's parks?

Total Votes: 37

Loading…

Your News

News for the community, by the community.

Featured Events

Mailing List

Subscribe to a mailing list to have daily news sent directly to your inbox.

  • Breaking News

    Would you like to receive breaking news alerts? Sign up now!

  • News Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily news headlines? Sign up now!

  • Sports Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily sports headlines? Sign up now!

Manage Your Lists