Archbishop José Gomez Answers "What is Lent?"


Catholic Relief Services and the CRS Rice Bowl program have created a compelling Lenten video series that asks “What is Lent?”. For eight days, I am sharing each of the videos here at the blog. I hope you’ll join me in this brief retreat. I believe you’ll find, as I have, that these videos lead to deeper reflection and increased motivation.

Today, we hear from Archbishop José Gomez:

Archbishop of Los Angeles, José Gomez reflects on the importance of Solidarity during Lent.

Archbishop Gomez ends his reflection with the words, “Lent is a journey to be shared with the Body of Christ. As I prayerfully reflect upon my own Lenten journey, I am asking myself today how my simple acts of prayer, fasting and almsgiving are bringing me into closer solidarity with those Jesus called us to serve. On its own, my chosen fast does little for the poor, but when I prayerfully pursue this fast with an eye towards using what I “give up” to serve others, I take baby steps towards being the disciple Christ called me to be.

How are your Lenten devotions shared with the Body of Christ?

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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