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FaithFaith in Focus
Holly Taylor Coolman
What is it that draws so many people to a church’s pews week after week?
A priest in a purple alb collects ashes on his fingers for Ash Wednesday.
FaithVantage Point
Joseph A. O’Hare
From 1982: “When unemployment and nuclear weapons sound the notes of despair and dread in our land, many Catholics too may find the sober lessons of Lent more instructive than ever this year.”
A woman with a cross of ashes on her forehead.
FaithVantage Point
Frank Moan
“Isn’t it odd that 2,000 years after the Resurrection the emphasis in Christianity is still more on the cross than on the empty tomb?” wrote Frank Moan, S.J., in 1982.
A penitent receives ashes at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City during Ash Wednesday Mass Feb. 17, 2021, amid the coronavirus pandemic.
FaithFaith and Reason
Bruce T. Morrill
Ash Wednesday isn’t a holy day of obligation, but in English-speaking countries, it still has a powerful draw even for Catholics who are otherwise non-practicing.
Father Stephen Saffron, parish administrator, elevates the Eucharist during a Tridentine Mass at St. Josaphat Church in the Queens borough of New York City.
Catholic News Service
Pope Francis has confirmed that members of the Fraternity of St. Peter may continue to celebrate the Mass, sacraments and Liturgy of the Hours using the pre-Vatican II texts and forms, the fraternity said.
FaithFaith in Focus
Torey Lightcap
My formal, reserved church could take a cue from those who pray with raw urgency.