Repenting for sins they never committed

The lead sentence in this story in the Catholic Sentinel of Portland, Ore., says it all:

This Lent, some Portland Catholics are repenting for horrific sins they never committed.

What follows is how a Portland couple decided that, if the church is not just priests and bishops Quenton and Anne Czuba wear sackcloth patches. (Sentinel photo by Ed Langlois)but the whole body of believers, they too should show remorse for the clergy sex abuse scandal. Read on to see how their idea to distribute hundreds of burlap patches at their parish last weekend was approved by their archbishop and their pastor and how fellow parishioners embraced the project.

Resources for Lent

A purple cloth is draped over a cross on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 6, inside St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Rochester, N.Y. The color purple in the Lenten season traditionally represents the idea of repentance. (CNS/Mike Crupi, Catholic Courier)As we begin our Lenten journey, St. Anthony Messenger magazine offers one woman’s reflection on “Getting Lost in Lent,” along with possible steps for those who “stumble into the Lenten season with bruised souls.”

And speaking of Lent, the Florida Catholic had a cute story last week about a retiree who burns palms for Ash Wednesday in a custom-made burner at home and what happened when a neighbor dialed 911.

Also for Lent, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a news release on Lenten resources, including a special USCCB Web page for Lent.

PHOTO: A purple cloth is draped over a cross on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 6, inside St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Rochester, N.Y. The color purple in the Lenten season traditionally represents the idea of repentance. (CNS/Mike Crupi, Catholic Courier)

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