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Lenten Sacrifices for Those Who Like a Challenge

              Lent is coming.  It’s a time of prayer, almsgiving and—what it’s probably most known for—fasting.  The week preceding Ash Wednesday, a question pops into the heads of Catholics.  What shall I give up for Lent?  There are the usual sacrifices: giving up chocolate or soda, taking cold showers, fasting from caffeine , etc.  But for some, the same old …

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Rebuilding the Temple to Make it More Ascetically Pleasing

“I want to start working out,” I told my husband.  “I’ve been reading up on asceticism and the desert monks. I definitely think a little discipline and corporal discomfort could be just the boost I need in my spiritual life.” “But your life is fraught with daily frustration and discomfort.  Just this morning you had …

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