Ron Hansen 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 Ron Hansen:

CRS Global Fellow and Catholic author, Ron Hansen talks about Almsgiving and its role during the Lenten season.

In the close of his video, Ron Hansen reminds us that “Lent is giving so that others might flourish.” As I’ve witnessed firsthand, this is the type of giving that is at the heart of Catholic Relief Services’ work around the world. Whether it is the work they do in emergency situations such as a natural disaster or the long-term programatic initiatives they undertake, CRS is all about leaving people better prepared to build their own stronger future.

Ron’s reminder to me today is that often, financial giving is much easier to offer than the true kind of “giving” people really need. Sometimes, what’s more need to help someone flourish is time, understanding, compassion or commitment. And often, those are a greater challenge for me to give than a dollar into a collection plate may be.

But we’re reminded so often that in giving, we too receive. The “flourishing” is mutual, as we help someone in need but we too are gifted with God’s grace in that moment.

Who will you help flourish this Lenten season?

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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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