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   Straitpath posted on Main Page The Lobby  Will you Catholics guide us through the Lent, Easter season again this year? I understand Tuesday was shrove day, or repentance, confession day? Ash Wednesday, today, is where one uses ash to make a cross on the forehead? What is the symbolism of the day? Why forty days before Easter? We learned some of this last year on this site and I, as a Mormon, thoroughly enjoyed it.
February 19 at 00:40 EST .

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   Iacta alea est  The 40 days is symbolic of Jesus' 40 days fasting in the wilderness while being tempted by Satan. The ashes are supposed to be made from the burning of the previous year's leftover palm fronds. as the ashes are applied to the forehead, the priest says "Remember man that you are dust, and into dust you shall return." - at least in my parish. I am a Catholic, tho' not very knowledgeable.
February 19 at 14:15 EST .

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   Balogreene  I am and was raised Protestant. Sometimes the symbolic or Catholicism adds to the mysticism, making belief magical.
February 19 at 21:12 EST .

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   Timber Queen  As Lacta already shared, the forty days is in imitation of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the desert just before starting His public ministry. The 40 days begin on Ash Wednesday by observing a day of fasting and abstaining from meat, as well as receiving the ashes to remind us of our mortality. Sundays during Lent are excluded from the 40 days, as the Lord’s Day is a day for glory, worship and joy, not fasting and penance. Lent is a time to turn our weaknesses into strengths and our vices into virtues. Catholics are called to focus on three main spiritual exercises during Lent; prayer, fasting, and almsgiving (charity ). Fasting often takes the form of “giving up” something you either enjoy or is a bad habit. Besides something temporal it’s also good to fast from interior things like anger, frustration, or holding grudges. There are many devotional aids available with a daily Scriptural meditation, prayer, and a penance for the day to offer for personal sins or the sins of the whole world. A sample penance would be, “Do something kind for someone who does not like you.” As part of our fasting, on Fridays during Lent we abstain from meat. On Fridays most Catholic churches offer a devotion known as The Stations of the Cross where we follow Jesus through His persecution, passion, and death. Beginning with His condemnation to the cross by Pilot, we follow fourteen stations (episodes ) along the road to Calvary, His death and burial. We become intimate with the price He paid for our redemption. Lent ends on Holy Thursday night at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, which begins the Sacred Triduum (three days ) including Good Friday, Holy Saturday evening/Easter morning. I am a certified catechist. My email is available for more information. God bless and a happy Lent!
February 19 at 22:57 EST .

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   Straitpath  That is very beautiful, Timber Queen. Thank you.
February 20 at 23:27 EST .

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   Gerty  And there you have it Miss Timber! Simple, to the point and factual--one doesn't have to be Catholic.
February 21 at 18:34 EST .

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   Straitpath posted on Main Page The Lobby  Herbal supplements are in the news. Herbs work if you get a good brand. I use Natures Sunshine brand with excellent results. They have extremely strict quality control.
February 3 at 17:23 EST .

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   Safetydude  Can you give us some symptoms or conditions and how herbal supplements help you.
February 3 at 21:00 EST .

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   BirdsNest  There are many online places to go to find out what works for what but as for as for us, some things work others do not. It is more of a try it scenario. And do choose a quality manufacturer. Don't buy supplements from the Dollar Tree or any place like that. Cinnamon works for most with diabetes. Vitamin D3 is especially important for everyone. It is a good idea to have your D levels tested so you have a benchmark number to work with. Hagar just had his tested, he is at a level a bit higher than most, but he is fighting Lyme disease.
February 4 at 09:59 EST .

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   Straitpath posted on Blessings  Once again, I would like to express my gratitude for answered prayers.
January 24 at 23:57 EST .

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   Straitpath posted on Main Page The Lobby  I am grateful to Bill O ' Reilly for keeping the Bo Bergdahl issue alive.
January 16 at 21:16 EST .

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   Hollyhock  Straitpath, this is one of a number of issues that I wonder will ever see justice.
January 17 at 08:39 EST .

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   Straitpath posted on Jokes  Bacon, Egg and Pancake walk into the bar. The bartender says, "We don't serve breakfast."
January 3 at 23:07 EST .

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   Safetydude  Ok, so this old guy walks up to the bar and and starts raving to the bartender about his new hearing aid.
"Yep, top of the line, completly digital. Cost me over four thousand dollars" he said, "but worth every penny"!
"What kind is it"? asks the bartender.
January 5 at 10:48 EST .

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   Straitpath posted on Blessings  I am grateful God has given us the agency to choose right or wrong.
December 22 at 12:55 EST .

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   Straitpath posted on Main Page The Lobby  I am so proud of Senator Mike Lee. He can use campaign contributions now.
December 13 at 20:31 EST .

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   Straitpath posted on Pet Peeves  We are having an epidemic of suicides amongst young people in our area. Many are because of drug addictions. I think it is time for all out shooting bombing war on drug dealers. They cause so much misery.
December 12 at 18:52 EST .

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   Balogreene  I know some who have tried, or thought of it. And I know nothing to do to prevent it. Most I knew were not drugs, but were depression, there has never been an answer, only prayer.
December 12 at 20:17 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Our best friend was a suicide, will never know just what was the final straw. He survived Tet'68 and went on to get his masters in Divinity at age 65. He was a west coast editor for the mothership. The military personal that are committing this daily is heart breaking, so many are so young in years but old in life's traumas, these men had a lot to give society, the drug addicts, not so much. Our cap had 9 pages of L-dotter memories and a 2 disc DVD from his memorial.
December 15 at 19:48 EST .

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   Straitpath posted on Main Page The Lobby  I am up early here in Utah. I want to wish this wonderful Connection family a great Thanksgiving day. I am grateful for Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ. I am thankful for the Gospel, for my husband and family and for America. Love.
November 27 at 08:52 EST .

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   Gerty  Amen.
November 27 at 20:16 EST .

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   Straitpath posted on Blessings  Tender mercies. Prayers are answered.
November 16 at 17:05 EST .

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