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By Diogenes ( articles ) | Mar 15, 2006

From Bishop Gumbleton's Ash Wednesday homily:

You know I'm sure most of us grew up thinking of Lent as a very somber time, probably kind of a negative thing, giving up things you like.

That statement might be true if Gumbleton's congregation had a mean age of 75 or higher. Think about it. The last time a Catholic parishioner received the kind of catechesis he's referring to would be around 1966. And I've no doubt that Gumbleton's congregations have heard him emerge from the very same pre-conciliar cocoon and flutter his butterfly wings every Ash Wednesday for the past forty years.

It's called renewal. It's where the action is.

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