How to Practice Lent

Lent is our time of preparation.

During these 40 days, we encounter those most in need through our prayer, fasting and almsgiving. We deepen our relationship with Christ and discern where God is working in our lives. How can our Lenten reflection guide us in delving deeper into Catholicism? We hope to answer that question below.

First, we focus our hearts and mind on our Lenten journey’s ultimate destination: the hope  and joy of the Resurrection at Easter. Bishop Edward Burns reflects.

As we begin our Lenten journey, we reflect on those spiritual pillars that will help bring us into a deeper relationship with God.


We pray for others in the global church. We reflect on what type of person God calls us to be, and we ask for his guidance in living up to our potential. There are many ways to pray, and many individuals and communities that need our prayers.

Helen Alvaré of George Mason Law helps us recognize how the Parable of the Good Samaritan can inspire us in our prayer lives.


We fast, or give things up, as a reminder to remove things in our lives that get in the way of our relationship with God. When we feel hungry or choose not to eat the things we like, we are reminded that everything we have is a gift from God. Our fasting also reminds us of those who do not have enough food, who experience hunger without a choice. God calls each of us to care for those who are in need.

Hosffman Ospino of Boston College reflects on how the Parable of the Good Samaritan guides us in our fasting.


We give alms with a spirit of generosity to our brothers and sisters in need, honoring Jesus’ call to serve our neighbors. This Lent, through our sacrifices, we can empower and transform the lives of our brothers and sisters in need.

Lisa Hendey, founder of, shares insights into how the Parable of the Good Samaritan motivates us to give alms during Lent.

In this episode of What is Lent?, Thomas Awiapo shares his own story of how what we give up for Lent changed his life.

Want more? Once a week during Lent:

  1. Read the Stories of Hope and learn how you are making a difference through CRS.
  2. Prepare and share simple meatless meals using the CRS Rice Bowl recipes.
  3. Put your Lenten offerings into your CRS Rice Bowl. You may also return your gift online.