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Didn’t the past year feel like one, long season of Lent? Do we really need to observe Lent 2021? At America, we get it. That’s why we’re offering all new Lenten reflections each week to accompany you through this difficult period. Journey with America’s editors as they reflect on Scripture, prayer, fasting and almsgiving both in written form and on “The Word” podcast.

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Latest ReflectionThis Lent, remember that the key to God’s forgiveness is to forgive others

Before Ash Wednesday:
What America’s editors are giving up (or taking on) this year
‘Haven’t we been living in Lent since last year?’ What America’s readers are doing this year

Ash Wednesday:
James Martin, S.J.: On Ash Wednesday, remember ashes are a symbol. The goal is transformation.
Terrance Klein: Why we need to hear the reminder ‘you are dust’ every year on Ash Wednesday
Imagine Lent Podcast Ep.1: Accompany Jesus at a vulnerable moment in the desert

Week 1 of Lent:
Jeremy McLennan: Catholics and Muslims: Who is really better at fasting and prayer?
Sunday Reflection by Jaime Waters: God loves all of creation. We should too. 
Monday Reflection by Sebastian Gomes: Saint Peter’s flaws are a reminder that God loves us just as we are 
Wednesday Reflection by Sebastian Gomes: Jesus warns against an ‘us versus them’ attitude. We should give it up this Lent.
Imagine Lent Podcast Ep.2: Watch Jesus call (and heal) Peter

Week 2 of Lent:
Sunday Reflection by Jaime Waters
Monday Reflection by Ashley McKinless
Wednesday Reflection by Ashley McKinless
Imagine Lent Podcast Ep.3: Jesus heals a paralytic

Essential Lent Reading: 

Check back each week for new reflections

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