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Little known spiritual treasures invite devotion

Shrines, relics open to the public in archdiocese

 By Ted King

 A pilgrimage to a shrine is an opportunity to make a special devotion during this Lenten season. Shrines in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City include those in Bison, Prague, Duncan and Oklahoma City.

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Lent calls for service to those in need

By J.E. Helm

 The word Lent comes from the Middle English word Lente, which means springtime. Lent truly is a spiritual springtime – a time to clear away the weeds and rubble of vices and bad habits through penance and self-denial. While Lent is certainly a time of “giving up,” it also can be a time of simply “giving,” an offering of the alms of one’s time and talents.

 Our Savior taught his followers to love and serve one another, and to follow the example he set in washing the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper. Right here and right now, there are many people who are in need of help, love and support, and Lent is an excellent time to plant some seeds of giving and serving as Christ did.

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Archbishop’s Appeal calls Catholics to join the mission and “Go, Make Disciples!”

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 As our theme for this year’s ADF Archbishop’s Appeal we have chosen “Join Me! Our Mission: Make Disciples.” We are building intentionally on last year’s theme and our mandate to foster discipleship among the faithful and along the margins of our communities. 

 Our response in gratitude to all that the Lord has given us, beginning with the gift of life and the gift of faith, is expressed in our faithful stewardship over God’s many gifts. Stewardship is a disciple’s response to God’s mercy and fidelity. One way we can give expression to our faith as disciples and stewards is through our participation in the ADF.

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Season of Lent offers opportunity to grow in faith

By Ted King

 February 18 is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. “Remember, man, you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Although Ash Wednesday is not a holy day of obligation, attending Mass is an opportunity to prepare oneself for this season of penance.

 According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Lent is: "The liturgical season of forty days which begins with Ash Wednesday and ends with the celebration of the Paschal Mystery (Easter Triduum). Lent is the primary penitential season in the Church's liturgical year, reflecting the forty days Jesus spent in the desert in fasting and prayer."

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Why is our central act of worship called a Mass?

By Pedro A. Moreno, O.P., MRE

 Our celebration of the Eucharist is such a deep and profound reality that it actually has many names, with each of them shedding some light on a different, but all interconnected, aspect and depth of our celebration.  

 Our Mass, like most swimming pools, has different levels of depth. The greater the depth of understanding, the more you begin to enjoy the profound love of God, which is celebrated at each Mass.

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