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What Is Catholic Lent

What is lent? I see these marks on people's head. My friend told me it was lent. I looked in the Bible and could find no evidance of it. Is this of the occult? These people look like zombies. Am I missing something?

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The word "Lent" comes from a Latin word that means to slow down and think. Lent is a time to slow down from our busy lives and really set aside time to meditate upon the Passion of Jesus Christ. This is precisely what the Stations of the Cross are for, to put ourselves right there on the Via Dolorosa and watch Him go by, on the way to pay for our sins.
---Greyrider on 11/26/07

not Zombies at all..what a joke!
we find references of using ashes on us in the Bible...check Jerimiah who calls for repentance this way: "O daughter of my people, gird on sackcloth, roll in the ashes" (Jer 6:26).
also look at(Is 58:5).
"I turned to the Lord God, pleading in earnest prayer, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes" (Dn 9:3).
---lisa on 11/25/07

not Zombies silly!! Read the Bible!
Jonah!"When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in the ashes" (Jon 3:6)
"And all the Israelite men, women and children who lived in Jerusalem prostrated themselves in front of the temple building, with ashes strewn on their heads, displaying their sackcloth covering before the Lord" (Jdt 4:11, see also 4:15 and 9:1)
---lisa on 11/25/07

Jesus refers to ashes!
In the New Testament, Jesus refers to the use of sackcloth and ashes as signs of repentance: "Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would long ago have repented in sackcloth and ashes" (Mt 11:21, Lk 10:13).
---lisa on 11/25/07

we receive ashes on our foreheads, we remember who we are. We remember we are creatures of the earth ("Remember that you are dust").remember that we are mortal beings ("and to dust you will return"). remember that we are baptized. We remember that we are people on a journey of conversion ("Turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel"). We remember that we are members of the body of Christ (and that smudge on our foreheads will proclaim that identity to others, too).
---lisa on 11/25/07

Part 7. This experience brings us closer to God and makes us more appreciative of what we have and what others need. Matthew 9:14-15, indicates that Christians will fast as part of their religious practice and that is what we do during Lent. My question for the Protestants out there, since Jesus stated that we would be fasting, how and when do you fast? I would be interested in learning about how the different denominations have incorporated this Biblical practice into your own faith traditions.
---lorra8574 on 11/24/07

Emcee, for an older person, you don't know your Catholic Church doctrine like you think you do. Look it up in your many rules of the Catholic Church. Lent- The 40 days before Easter as a season of fasting and pentinence.
---X_Catholic on 3/13/07

Emcee, for an older person, you don't know your Catholic Church doctrine like you think you do. Look it up in your many rules of the Catholic Church. Lent- The 40 days before Easter as a season of fasting and pentinence.
---X_Catholic on 3/13/07

Emcee am I wrong when I say, there is more involved with RCC (and others) Lent than just a spiritual fast offered to the Lord.
---Elder on 3/13/07

Steve:: what bible are you refering to THE KJV????Its in there to Jesus lead by the Holy Spirit into the desert to Fast.Either you dont believe or you did not Read nevertheless It makes no difference to people of your sweet ilk.
---Emcee on 3/12/07

In my own Church of England congregation, Lent is a time of especial emphasis,as described by Lee.
I can see nothing demonic about that.
---alan_of_UK on 3/12/07

Elder::What is fasting, you call it LENT.Jesus was lead by the holy Spirit into the desert to Fast for 40 days .Did he need to?He asked usto follow him is that wrong if we also fast in lent.I dont see any reason for your objection other than you do not agree for want of enough information.Scientifically It is good to fast once a week to give your system to take a rest & slow down which is what we do in lent slow down see if we can improve Many christians dont see that need, we do.
---Emcee on 3/12/07

Lent is a big uneccessary procedure and I is not Biblical. Where in the Bible does it say that Lent is scriptural, and please don't feed me that Catholic Bible baloney. That book is infected with lies from the Catholic church, refuge of the child molester. What a bunch of lies. Judgement day is coming.
---steve on 3/12/07

My point is if Lent is Fasting why not call it fasting.
Point... there is more involved with RCC (and others) Lent than just a spiritual fast offered to the Lord.
---Elder on 3/12/07

Frm Catholic::Who am I to argue what God has said cannot be erased Changed mutilated To suit humanity. Humanity comes to Him ON HIS word.Sorry if you disagree with me that is your Perogarative which May Or maynot be correct You will have to wait for your answer& this is still YOUR choice.Mine is with Him through His churchMat28:19-20
---Emcee on 3/12/07

Lent is practiced by other denominations. I notice that the Presbyterian church in our area has an emphasis on Lent. It is basically a means of preparing oneself spiritually prior to Easter. In a way, it is a time of spiritual introspection similar to what is found at Revivals in the Pentecostal and other fundamentalistic churches.
---lee on 3/12/07

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That's exactly what I thought when I was a Catholic, it's not idolitary, I'm not worshiping a statute. But it is. Any form of graven image is an idol. These things quench the Spirit of God. Read the Bible.
Emcee, You must think that Peter was the first Pope. No he wasn't, and the Catholic Church didn't exsist when Peter was alive. He was the farthest person from a Catholic as you can get. He would rebuke these usless practices, because he was a man of God filled with the Holy Spirit.
---fmr._catholic on 3/9/07

You shall know them by their fruits. I have been to many different RCC Parishes, but I have never heard the Hail Mary said during the Mass, but I have said it myself after communiion. It is a request not a form of worship, and it has been my experience that Catholics who honour Mary tend to also honour God more than those Catholics who don't. This is not a hard rule, just an observation. The ones who pray the Rosary tend to also be Bible readers and church goers and obey all of Christ's commandments.
---lorra8574 on 3/9/07

Former Catholic.
But you fail to understand the difference between prayer and idolize. Idolize is to worship (fact in Catholic doctrine and this is a sin / heresy). Prayer is to communicate to God or the saints. Prayer to God also involves worship, but that is not the same as prayer = worship. I could pray to St Peter or Mary and ask them to intercede for me to God. Whether you think that is right or wrong is a different matter. That is not the same as to idolize. With respect, don't you see that?
---Ed on 3/9/07

Former Catholic.
Firstly, it is a sin / heresy to idolize anyone but The Trinity in the Catholic Church. With respect, as a former Catholic you should know that!
Do Catholics idolize Mary? I have no doubt there are some that do.
But don't forget the biggest idol of all: the worship of money. If we were honest, we would all have to admit to that, Protestant or Catholic.
---Ed on 3/9/07

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Matthew 6:16-18; Matthew 9:14-15

Former Catholic, Jesus said that all Christians would fast as part of their religious practice just as John the Baptist and his followers did during the time of Christ, spill it - when and how often do you fast?
---lorra8574 on 3/8/07

ED :: I do appreciate your attempt to reunite But the truth is its best left in the hands of those who have been appointed & annointed.Different Names Different Games.
---Emcee on 3/8/07

FrmCatolic ::You read the bible Matt16:17-19 Who led you astray surely Not God .A true answer may surprise even you.Apostacising is the name they use in the church. In the army they are deserters & shot.Sorry just quoting a rule.
---Emcee on 3/8/07

Ed, Ok, just on the praying to Mary 30 seconds. Why? Do you think a little idolatry will not be noticed by God? Maybe you think, Him too busy, and will overlook the matter.
---fmr._catholic on 3/8/07

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Fmr Catholic.
Lent is essentially about prayer. Prayer is central to Christian life.
There is only one Hail Mary - 30 seconds - during during week in Sunday mass.
Praying for dead: surely this is nothing more than human grief, grief is irrational, we are all human.
Rosary beads and mass cards - don't know any Catholics my age who use these).
Beware of pedantic and stifling puritanism in Protestantism (and Catholicism).
Protestantism and Catholicism, at best, are essentially the same.
---Ed on 3/8/07

Lent is just another one of those many dead works of the Catholic church. If the devil can divert a Catholic's attention of the truly important things of God, then he's got em. Lent, pergatory, praying to Mary and the saints, praying for the dead, rosary beads, Mass cards, etc. are all dead works that keep you off the mark. God has nothing to do with these usless practices. Read your Bible. There are instructions inside.
---fmr._catholic on 3/8/07

lorra8574 first you don't know how open and honest my mind is. But if you would check Scripture you might see.
Maybe you should research the book written by the Catholic Priest called "Fifty Years in the Church at Rome." I didn't spend 50 years in the Catholic church to see all the writer did but my time was enough.
My advantage was that I was not "Religious" or blind.
---Elder on 3/7/07

It doesn't take long in reading Matthew 16 :17-19 to realize there are also verses 13-16 in that chapter.
---Elder on 3/7/07

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v13 Jesus asked, "Who men said He was?"
v14 some said John the Baptist, Elias, Jeremias, one of the prophets.
v15 Jesus asked, "Who do you say I am?"
v16 Peter said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God."
v17 Jesus said The Father had revealed this Truth to him.
v18 Jesus explained He would build His Church on this confession that He, Christ, was the Son of the living God.
Believe, receive or reject you have been told.

---Elder on 3/7/07

Tiffany::ARE YOU MISSING SOMETHING??I hope you have been reading each one falling over each other expressing what is TRUTH.Arrows fly attack & counter attack to disprove the TRUE Church of God Matt16:17-19.But then this is the season of LENT, where one is to examine ones conscience&TURN OVER A NEW LEAF.
---Emcee on 3/7/07

Elder - Amen brother I agree with you. They call me a "catholic basher" because I tell the truth. Maybe what they really are saying is "speak to us nice things".
---Helen_5378 on 3/7/07

My mind, possibly even my concience isn't in the best of shape Elder.
However I like to fellowship with people of most faiths. I don't sugarcoat anything and tell them all that they believe is MY belief or even correct, nor do I hammer them on the head. I realize these blogs are far different than a face to face talk. But I do want to show that I care about them and will state my beliefs in my Savior Jesus Christ, that is my best witness.
---NVBarbara on 3/7/07

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Elder, if you truly love research, open your mind and pursue it honestly and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Go deep into history and into the scriptures. I trust that you will find something good if you set aside your traditions and seek only the truth. I also love research and history, and I have studied my faith and others extensively. It is something I enjoy and have found many good things. These are why I remain a Catholic.
---lorra8574 on 3/6/07

Question, do we "slam" others "faith" posting Truth about Truth?
Are we all brothers and sisters because we hold some belief?
It is Truth that matters. Many add to God's Salvation and trust things instead of Truth.
If you are a Watchman on the wall should you not sound the alarm when trouble comes?
I feel my faith is being slammed when I am told to not tell the Truth.
Others have brought these issues up. I and others have responded with Truth that is all.
---Elder on 3/6/07

Barbarbarbarab....... wake up your conscience....
Without a doubt, in my mind, we are ALL going to Heaven. Does that make it better? Because I truly believe that WE ARE ALL GOING TO HEAVEN.
The problem is, we are not all going to be allowed to stay.
Some will go there to be judged at the Great White Throne Judgement and then will be cast into The Lake of Fire.
Should I butter up to false doctrines and not warn folks?
Someone needs to tell them. This is the real Truth or Consequence.
---Elder on 3/6/07

Caring, thank you for your encouragement,
You said, "Good luck in your research Elder. I'm sure that judging by your posts and mentality, after ten years of study you won't find anything good to report."
---Caring on 3/3/07
You asked me if there was anything good that you did, I said I'd search and try to find out. Now you discourage me by telling me that even you haven't found anything.
Well, I guess you'd know better than anyone.
---Elder on 3/6/07

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Helen, read and study 1 Cor 13. It's one of the most beautiful passages in the Bible.

LOVE God and they neighbor - Two main columns on which Christ built His Church.
---Caring on 3/6/07

Jesus teaches us to pray throughout His ministry. It begins in the desert. It carries on when He is persecuted during his minisitry. And in the garden in Jerusalem. Lent is basically about prayer. Lent offers us the opportunity to think about where we are really going. It also offers us the opportunity to improve our prayer life for the rest of the year.
---Ed on 3/6/07

NVBarbara. Appreciated your response. Thanks. Anne Coulter refers to it as "school-yard taunting". In her case, it has caused a great stir. I thought Herbs Lent comment was in humour.
Here's what they said to the poor painter. REPAINT you THINNER.
---jhonny on 3/6/07

Helen; Lighten up,or are you another one of these "If I don't believe it it aint true" people? That's like my brother I call Saint Gordon, another "suprfine apostle"!who thinks "if you want to know something just ask me, I know it all!"
---1st_cliff on 3/5/07

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That's right Paul. Wouldn't want to be making a lot of noise. Some things just work better when there's darkness and quiet.
---jhonny on 3/5/07

jhonny, catch herb's insults towards EVERYONE who is not in his 'camp.'
I don't know how long you have been on CN, however when herb blows in trouble follows. I confess that I may be sharp to him, which is why I will just ignore anymore of his blogs. He brings out the worst in me.
---NVBarbara on 3/5/07

I don't agree with you, Helen. Inciting a riot is not Biblical, Christ-like witnessing.
If someone presented the Gospel to me, the way you're presenting it, I would run. love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God.
He that loves not, does not know God; for God is love.
If God so loved us, we ought to also love one another.
No man has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwells in us, and His love is perfected in us.
John 4:7-12
---Paul on 3/5/07

Emcee, NVBarbara I find it interesting the foul personal insults you find amuzing that Herb has generated from you.
---jhonny on 3/5/07

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Herb,why you ridicule such a nice gesture by the RCC to prepare us for the big Sacrifice is beyond me.
---Caring on 3/5/07

NVBarb :Your husband Steve is also a good man & wise enough to know he holds a nugget of Gold which he is not about to gamble with.but I can still love you from afar, exactly as you are, swinging on a star.I have many daughters like you Honey.Jesus has made this possible.
---Emcee on 3/5/07

Rev Herb::You missed your calling as a commedian maybe they are looking for a spare on the late late,very late show.if Lent to you is Lint.then if you dont change you will be hellbent cause you missed the message of This lent & there are no come backs because what is lent(VERB) is spent. What a waste of lint in lent.
---Emcee on 3/5/07

In your case Herb, I believe 'lent' may be clogging up your ears, and possibly even collecting in your eyes. I see you have returned to stand in judgement on anyone who doesn't agree completely with you.
---NVBarbara on 3/4/07

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NVBarbara - You are speaking a lot of "love", but there is no Biblical truth to what you are saying. How nice if everybody were going to heaven, but that is not so. Be careful that you do not lead the unsaved astray.
---Helen_5378 on 3/4/07

TY Emcee, you are a precious man. If Steve ever 'dumps' me will you adopt me? :-)
Indeed I have asked the Lord, and received dear ones like you to brighten my day and look forward to the GREAT HOMECOMING when we'll all meet to glorify the Lord on the heavenly shores!
---NVBarbara on 3/4/07

Lent is something I find in my drier after drying clothes. It can also be found under beds. It can also be used as a verb (I lent my coat to my brother.)
---Rev_Herb on 3/4/07

NVBarb:: You are so sweet almost like honey & Not like even a drop of Vinegar to enhance the recepie.Yes I admit I have found a rare coin in the NVDesert.Keep it up sharing The love of God is a special attribute ask & you shall recieve.
---Emcee on 3/3/07

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You have set me on a project and I love research. I promise as soon as I find out something I will get back to you and tell you. ---Elder on 3/3/07

Good luck in your research Elder. I'm sure that judging by your posts and mentality, after ten years of study you won't find anything good to report.
---Caring on 3/3/07

Your faith and mine are a few shades different, but we still love each other!(You do still love me don't you?)Put aside your feelings for the Pope, and misunderstandings about 'worshipping statues' and you end up with loving people who love our Lord Jesus, just as we do. Take a deep breath dear and if you have an idea of changing RCs to Baptist, this way won't do catch more flies with honey than vinager!
---NVBarbara on 3/3/07

(1)ELDERRRRR, this is your concience speakingggg...woooooooo. There are 'good' and 'bad' folks in all churches!
If you're still searching for something 'good'-think this way...MOST of the RCs on the blogs are having to come here to DEFEND their faith, MOST are not slamming other faiths! Most are trying their best to show love, can we say that for the 'slammers?'
---NVBarbara on 3/3/07

Yes my brothers, what matters is that we're all followers of Christ and HE's not looking at the 'tags.' He loved us before we were a twinkle in our parent's eyes, and HE loves us all the more now. HE loves us and calls us back to HIM even after we sin, and gladly forgives us when we ask. Our faith and love for HIM makes the circle complete. And...HE blesses me with brothers like you! Praise HIS name, thank you Jesus!
---NVBarbara on 3/3/07

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Caring, I can't answer your question yet.
(Again, I ask, do we Catholics do anything right?)
You have set me on a project and I love research. I promise as soon as I find out something I will get back to you and tell you.
---Elder on 3/3/07

Caring, which joke did you like best mine or Buster's?
It forms in your belly button and sticks between your toes. It should not be confused with dust bunnies that hide beneath the bed. It also clings to the bottom of the refrigerator.
---Buster on 2/27/07
I think lent is what you find on the Catholic Father's coat if it fell on the floor.
---Elder on 2/27/07
Watch out your attidue may be showing.
---Elder on 3/3/07

It should be, once a Christian, always a Christian. That's it. We are to love Catholics and non-Catholics.
---John on 3/2/07

NVBarb::I said this before & I say it again what ever the reason on the choice,you made, I firmly believe ONCE A Catholic ALWAYS a Catholic. The seed of Love planted by the Creator in your heart & once accepted by You, will remain in HIS Heart forever, His love is never ending. This love I bring to You & the forum yes yet even with some of my vitrolic comments.But Its HIS love,we all share in its abundance He who eats my Body I LIVE IN HIM&HE in ME.
---Emcee on 3/2/07

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That sounds delicious, John.
I could eat a dozen or so right now.
---Rural_Cafe on 3/2/07

Lent is a period of fasting and sacrifice which the honorable Catholic Church encourages its followers to do.

Fasting is biblical - we can read about it in the OT and NT. Google "fasting biblical".

Elder it surprises me that you try to ridicule Lent. Again, I ask, do we Catholics do anything right?
---Caring on 3/2/07

TY Nana, you're a dear! GBY Sis.

Mmmmm John, I remember the hot chocolate and Krispy Kreme donuts after Mass when I was in elementary school. No wonder they had to peel us off the wall the rest of the morning, we had sugar overload! That was 'in the day' when you couldn't eat before Mass if you were receiving Holy Communion.
---NVBarbara on 3/2/07

Remember Hot Crossed Buns? When I was Catholic, I noticed that they came out during lent, but I could not eat them because I had to give up sweets for lent. This was very frustrating, because I love Hot Crossed Buns! Great with a cup of Coffee.
---John on 3/2/07

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NV_Barbara, The first entry of my post was the only thing
addressed to you. In it I wanted to show my gladness with
your stance on the issue of Emcee and his manner of worship.
It is good to see Mercy in action.
---Nana on 2/28/07

TY Nana, but I'm not quite sure what you mean. I once was RC but that was a long time ago,2 in my family of 7 brothers and sisters remain RC. GBY dearheart.
What a dear thing to say Augusta, our family covets all the prayers! My brother has his surgery and came thru great! He's in ICU, but will moved to a reg. room tomorrow until his release. Except by a major miracle of God my BIL will not recover, his body is shutting down, major organs not working, soon he will be out of pain and headed to the Lord.
---NVBarbara on 2/28/07

NV_Barbara, thank you! I am not Catholic but to behold your action is like receiving a good and unexpected gift. May God Bless You Abundantly!
---Nana on 2/28/07

Just noticed the bit about "Righteousness"
Mark 2:17: When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole
have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the
righteous, but sinners to repentance." It follows that there are two kinds of
people, namely the righteous and the sinners. Then what? Well; sorry to
say it but, we have to quit our sins and get righteous.
---Nana on 2/28/07

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Matthew 5:20: "For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall
exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case
enter into the kingdom of heaven." There you have it, Jesus said it:
"except your righteousness". Now; if someone tells me that they have the
righteousness of Christ imputted on them, I would be crazy to argue with
Christ's righteousness!
---Nana on 2/28/07

Mark 8:34: "And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples
also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself,
and take up his cross, and follow me." I wonder where most people keep
their cross? How is the "varnish" holding up? It probably depends on
whether it is in the attic, garage or shed... Oh well, John 7:24: "Judge not
according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment."
---Nana on 2/28/07

About earning God's favor: John 8:29: "And he that sent me is with me:
the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him."
Just something to think about.
---Nana on 2/28/07

It forms in your belly button and sticks between your toes. It should not be confused with dust bunnies that hide beneath the bed. It also clings to the bottom of the refrigerator.
---Buster on 2/27/07

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I think lent is what you find on the Catholic Father's coat if it fell on the floor.
---Elder on 2/27/07

Bruce, I go by James statements: Grace and deeds.

Christ said, whatever you do to one of these men, you do it to me meaning, He encouraged good deeds.

I don't intend to go through this discussion again though - it had been rehashed doezens of times.
---caring on 2/27/07

Lenten Reflections:

Part 1. Matthew 6:2 So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.
---lorra8574 on 2/27/07

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