Lent Archives - Ethics & Public Policy Center

The Gardening Animal

The garden is more than an allegory for harmony with our Creator and his creation. Gardening is, or can be, a moral enterprise.

Exodus, Lent, and Becoming a True Nation

Through Leon Kass’s commentary, Exodus offers us a profound reflection on what it means to be a true people, not merely an aggregate of individuals or a network of families.

An Easter People, Now More Than Ever

Our current crisis has revealed the significance of Lent and reminded us of how desperately we need Easter.

Aventine Meditations

The Roman station church pilgrimage of Lent began to disappear in the late first millennium. But now, seminarians, students from the Rome campuses of Anglophone universities, diplomats, English-speaking members of the Roman Curia, and alert tourists all participate in a striking contemporary revival of this venerable tradition.

Conscience and Grace: A Lenten Meditation

To suggest that the Church teaches “ideals” that are impossible to live undervalues the power of grace and empties the moral life of the drama built into it by God himself.

Pork Roll, Lent, and Catholic Identity

If our baptisms really set us apart for Christ, then we should live a different temporal rhythm than the rest of the world.

A New Lenten Discipline

It’s now been a year since I tuned in to a sports talk radio program and I am, I hope, a better man for it—albeit no less a sports nut.

A Lent to Remember

The best Lent of my life involved getting up every day at 5:30 a.m. and hiking for miles through ankle-twisting, cobblestoned city streets to participate in the Lenten station church pilgrimage in Rome.

An Invitation to a Roman Lent

Exploring the “station churches” of Rome — and meditating on the daily liturgical texts — make for an unforgettable Lent.

No Fighting God

Lent—the Christian walk to Jerusalem with the Lord who meets his destiny there in complete submission to the Father’s will—is an annual reminder that God is God and we aren’t.