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Vision: To Foster Catholic Men's Spirituality in Chicago Southland
Maintaining a Focused and Meaningful Lenten Journey
By Frank J Casella
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Lent is a time when Catholics engage in self-reflection and spiritual growth by giving up a certain type of indulgence or making meaningful sacrifices. However, it's important to remember that moderation is key in maintaining a focused and meaningful Lenten journey.
Often, we may become over-zealous in our efforts, leading to burnout or a lack of sustainability. By practicing moderation in our fasting, prayer, and almsgiving, we can stay focused on our Catholic faith and truly embrace the deeper meaning of the season.
This means finding a balance between self-discipline and self-care, as well as staying mindful of our intentions and not getting caught up in excessive rituals or expectations. By practicing moderation, we can better connect with God and allow ourselves to fully embrace the transformative power of Lent.
As we approach the start of Lent, it's time for us Catholic men to reflect on our spiritual journey and practice self-discipline. One common tradition is to give up a worldly indulgence, such as social media, television, or the news. But what if we took it a step further? Instead of completely disconnecting from the outside world, what if we limited ourselves to Catholic sources of news?

By doing so, we can remain informed about current events while staying focused on our faith. We'll be able to discern the truth from a Catholic perspective and avoid the negative influences of mainstream media.
Additionally, by staying up-to-date with Catholic news, we can specifically pray for those in need within the Church and around the world.

This Lenten season, let's use our media consumption as an opportunity to deepen our relationship with God and spread love and charity to those who need it most.
Consider the Catholic articles and inspiration related to Catholic manhood that I share almost daily here, or better scrolling on the blog view.
And if you send me a reply about what Catholic news sources you frequent I'll create a list as a resource:
Here's a favorite blog from Bishop Perry: Embrace Your Faith on Ash Wednesday
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