What Do You Hope to Achieve During Your Lenten Journey?

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A family prepares to enjoy a simple, meatless meal and talk about Operation Rice Bowl in their home. Photo by Jim Stipe/CRS

Consider prayer, fasting, community service, sacrificial giving, or a combination of these.

Millions of Catholics are already participating in Operation Rice Bowl, CRS’ annual Lenten program that provides 40 opportunities to learn about, pray for and help those who don’t have enough to eat. Participants make the small sacrifice of preparing simple, meatless recipes each week and putting the money they otherwise would have spent on a big meal into symbolic rice bowls. That money goes to support CRS’ mission to fight global hunger and poverty.

With a calendar suggesting daily reflections and prayer, as well as concrete ways to act, Operation Rice Bowl lets us observe Lent in both a spiritual and practical way.

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