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Yuvi, 13, of Guatemala, benefits from CRS community education programs.
Catholic Relief Services photo
Yuvi, 13, of Guatemala, benefits from CRS community education programs.

One of our annual Lenten traditions at the Catholic Sentinel is our participation in the Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl program.

Near our desks we place a cardboard rice bowl that collects loose change and bills. The money is sent to CRS to support those in need around the world.

Now, for those well versed in social media, CRS is offering a free Rice Bowl App for iPhone and Android devices.

The app can schedule delivery of daily reflections to people’s mobile devices and set and track their progress toward a personal Lenten goal. The app allows users to view meatless recipes to prepare and serve on Fridays during Lent, and read or watch stories about people whose lives have been changed.

The app is free and can be downloaded from the App Store, Google Play Store or at crsricebowl.org/app.

Do we really need our mobile devices to remind us of the importance of Lent?
Perhaps not.

We all know that Lent is a season of prayer, penance, sacrifice and good works.

It is a time of renewal for Catholics as we await the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Ash Wednesday, March 5 this year, marks the beginning of Lent, which lasts for 40 days.

We attend the Stations of the Cross, Mass, and participate in the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. We take time for personal prayer and spiritual reading. We fast. We go to confession and receive sacramental absolution. We repent our sins, we renew our faith and we prepare to celebrate joyfully the mysteries of our salvation.

And if an iPhone app can help us to facilitate this, so be it.

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