As we enter our first full week of Lent, Catholics across the blogosphere are offering great posts for us to ponder.
Lent is a the home stretch for many candidates and catechumens preparing to enter the Church. 50 Days After offers his own Top 5 Reasons I am Catholic.
Deo Omnis Gloria offers an exploration of who died on the cross. Was it Jesus? Was it God? And why it had to happen.
Phatcatholic Apologetics offers a liturgical celebration of the Stations of the Cross, with content taken from St. Alphonsus Liguori and Franciscan University's liturgical guide for this celebration to provide people with an online way to walk through the Stations every Friday.
CatholicLand gives us a mega-post chock full of useful tidbits and necessary questions.
Fr. Ben Hawley, SJ treats us to The Good New of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus' Passion, Death and Resurrection make the Good News real and available to those who believe. But, what exactly is the Good News? If you had to explain it to a friend, what would you say? This post outlines the Good News, beginning with "God exists. God created us in God's image...," as I have experienced it in my own life.
The inimitable Sister Mary Martha offers some great Lenten reflections in several posts beginning here. However, this one is my personal favorite.
Along the same lines, Barb at SF0 Mom takes the dread out of Lent and replaces it with hope. If you think Lent is hard, try meditating on what Jesus went through for our sakes
Lent is a time for family growth and development as well as individual spiritual growth. My Domestic Church has thoughts on reading the scripture as well as a Lenten goal for her toddler.
Kevin Miller reflects on Temptation, Faith, and Jesus. This is a reflection on the Mass readings for the first Sunday of Lent, focusing on the importance of faith in Jesus when we experience temptation.
Andrew at Pondering the Word found himself prepared rather than surprised by Lent this year.
Some thought provoking posts are not specifically Lenten in topic, but good Lenten reading nonetheless.
Last week I wrote about Bishop Wuerl’s campaign to bring Catholics back to the confessional. It may be the first step many Catholics need to rediscover their faith.
Eve at A Catholic in Steinbach likens using God’s gifts to further His will to a game of catch with God.
Nick Basehore offers this letter from a military officer who served in Iraq. Both the letter and the comments are thought provoking.
Dan at Believe and Profess reflects on the necessity of motivating his students by training their wills in addition to their intellects.
Aggie Catholic (Gig ‘em!) has some thoughtful words about the meaning of Choice.
What else should we be reading and watching?
Catholic Fire highly recommends the movie Amazing Grace. This is a movie review of Amazing Grace with links to movie trailers, information on how you can help put an end to modern day slavery, and information concerning the main character's relationship to Catholicism.
Blog from the Core has a great set of links to Cardinal Newman’s Lent-related sermons.
Perhaps because Pope Benedict XVI made love a theme of this year’s Lent, there are several posts on marriage.
A Guide to Raising Great Kids talks about the dynamics of in-laws.
Sarah talks about trying to balance her own private activities with her family activities. During Lent it is good to reflect on “Are we doing too much?”
Married and Catholic offers three wonderful posts. This one outlines how her husband’s entrance into the Church strengthened her own faith. In What does it Mean to Be Married she uses the example of her grandparents to beautifully illustrate the permanence of marriage. (Hankie alert on this one. I get tears in my eyes just thinking about it.) On the other end of the spectrum, a local radio station is running a promotion to get a man and woman to fall in love over the phone and marry in six weeks.
Red County California takes a second look at one newspaper columnist’s advice about (Re)Marriage after 50.