32 Articles

"What joy we give to God"

"A spirit of penance keeps us from becoming too attached to the vast imaginative blueprints we have made for our future projects, where we have already foreseen our master strokes and brilliant successes. What joy we give to God when we are happy to lay aside our third-rate painting efforts and let him put in the features and colours of his choice!" (Friends of God, 138)

Daily Texts

Lent, part 2

"St. Josemaría's Writings" is now a new section on this web site. The first topic posted in this new section presents some thoughts by St. Josemaría on this holy season of Lent.

Daily Texts

Lent with Blessed Alvaro

Alvaro del Portillo died on 23 March 1994. Here is an extract from a letter he wrote on 2 February 1985, at the beginning of Lent.

Documentation

"Let us daily contemplate his wounds"

Homily of Pope Francis at Mass for Ash Wednesday and distribution of ashes on 17 February 2021.

From the Church and the Pope

Ash Wednesday - “Lent: a time of penance”

Coming closer to God means being ready to be converted anew, to change direction again, to listen attentively to his inspirations -- those holy desires he places in our souls -- and to put them into practice. (The Forge, 32)

Daily Texts

What is Lent?

What is Lent? Where does it come from? Here are some frequently asked questions about Lent to help enter into the meaning of the liturgical season more deeply.

Doctrinal Articles

A Meditation for Ash Wednesday

A meditation by Fr Brian McCarthy for Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent (17 February 2021).

Fostering Interior Life

"A time for believing, hoping and loving"

Message of Pope Francis for Lent 2021. The time leading up to Easter is "a journey of conversion, prayer and sharing of our goods."

From the Church and the Pope

Lent and Holy Week: The Path to Easter

Some resources for drawing as much spiritual fruit as possible from Lent and Holy Week, in preparation for celebrating our Lord's resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Recent News

"Stuff"– An Open Conversation

"Stuff" is a conversation with seven couples from a variety of countries and backgrounds, but with a single shared concern: that their children form healthy relationships with material goods and learn how to use them responsibly.

Social initiatives