Second Week of Lent

Penance Resources

It's important not to take on penances without guidance from the Church and advice from those who are wiser and more experienced than we are. Below are links to information about the Church's rules for fasting and abstinence, Lenten recipes to try, and penitential programs for men and women that you can learn from (and possibly participate in one day).
Grant, O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting this campaign of Christian service, so that, as we take up battle against spiritual evils, we may be armed with weapons of self-restraint.

This collect prayer begins the Mass for Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Jesus is calling us to "take up battle against spiritual evils." We'll explore fasting itself in a few weeks; during the week of Ash Wednesday, we're going to dig into an important set of weapons the Lord gives us to fight evil: sacramentals.

What's a sacramental? Well, if you attend Mass on Ash Wednesday, you're probably going to receive one on your forehead.