(Originally published: http://www.usccb.org/lent/live.shtml)

How We Live

During this Lent, the Holy Father has called on us to rediscover the “value and meaning” of fasting in solidarity with the poor and hungry around the world. Fasting and almsgiving — donating money or goods to the poor and performing other acts of charity — are two of the three pillars of Lenten practice. Our special focus on these aspects of Christian living during Lent helps us to develop a state of interior penance. At all times, Christian living requires us to follow the teaching and example of Christ, the commandments, the precepts of the Catholic Church and its principles of moral life which are explored in this section.

Penance and Fasting

Almsgiving & Community Service

General Resources on Moral Issues


Dignity of the Human Person


Stewardship of the Environment

Bulletin inserts on many of these issues are available here in PDF format.