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Don’t say it – pray it

A priest (partly hidden) hears confession from Pope Francis during a Lenten penance service March 9 in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Stefano Rellandini, Reuters)

By Kaelanne Jordan,

Prayer is not just one of the pillars of the Lenten season; it is one of the pillars of Christian life.

Abbot John Pereira OSB, referring to St Benedict’s chapter on Lent, said that because of human nature and the difficulties in maintaining the traditional disciplines of Lent—prayer, fasting, almsgiving—a period of 40 days was set aside to “intensify” how Christians address these crucial Christian values.

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