Fasting, praying and almsgiving are the three penitential practices that we are asked to engage in during Lent. In addition to fasting and abstaining with the rest of the Church on Ash Wednesday and the Fridays of Lent, we are also challenged to make individual sacrifices appropriate to our own spiritual condition.

Fasting, praying and almsgiving are the three penitential practices that we are asked to engage in during Lent. In addition to fasting and abstaining with the rest of the Church on Ash Wednesday and the Fridays of Lent, we are also challenged to make individual sacrifices appropriate to our own spiritual condition.

Head of Christ, Correggio.  Art Experience NYC  www.artexperiencenyc.com/social_login/?utm_source=pinterest_medium=pins_content=pinterest_pins_campaign=pinterest_initial

Head of Christ, Correggio. Art Experience NYC www.artexperiencenyc.com/social_login/?utm_source=pinterest_medium=pins_content=pinterest_pins_campaign=pinterest_initial

"Madonna and Child Jesus" (detail) by Fra Angelico, ca. 1438. A detail of Fra Angelico's great work, the fresco altarpiece for the Friary of San Marco, in Florence.

"Madonna and Child Jesus" (detail) by Fra Angelico, ca. 1438. A detail of Fra Angelico's great work, the fresco altarpiece for the Friary of San Marco, in Florence.

Vincenzo Catena - Christ Carrying the Cross, Oil on panel, 47 x 38 cm, Liechtenstein Museum, Vienna

BEATO ANGELICO - San Domenico in adorazione del Crocifisso, dettaglio - affresco - circa 1437-1446 - chiostro detto "di Sant'Antonino" del Convento di San Marco - Museo nazionale di San Marco, Firenze

BEATO ANGELICO - San Domenico in adorazione del Crocifisso, dettaglio - affresco - circa 1437-1446 - chiostro detto "di Sant'Antonino" del Convento di San Marco - Museo nazionale di San Marco, Firenze

One of the first contacts that Padre Pio had with the prince of evil occurred in 1906. One night, Padre had returned to the convent of Saint Elia of Pianisi. He couldn't fall asleep that night because of the enormous summer heat. He heard the footsteps of someone coming from a nearby room. Padre Pio thought, "Apparently, Friar Anastasio couldnt sleep either." He wanted to call out to him so that they could visit and speak for awhile. He went to the window and tried calling to his companion…

One of the first contacts that Padre Pio had with the prince of evil occurred in 1906. One night, Padre had returned to the convent of Saint Elia of Pianisi. He couldn't fall asleep that night because of the enormous summer heat. He heard the footsteps of someone coming from a nearby room. Padre Pio thought, "Apparently, Friar Anastasio couldnt sleep either." He wanted to call out to him so that they could visit and speak for awhile. He went to the window and tried calling to his companion…

John 8:12: I am the light of the world. The one following me will never walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.

John 8:12: I am the light of the world. The one following me will never walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.

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