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By Peter Haynes | February 9, 2008
Lent 2008 has begun! Lent is a “springtime” of spiritual tithing: 40 days is about 1/10 of our leap year. For Christians, Lent is a time for pilgrimage focused on preparing to enjoy new life that Jesus’ resurrection opens to all. It is good to have a plan and a pattern to follow faithfully — or maybe not so carefully — one we intend to make our own. Lent gives us opportunities to think about what we...
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March 13, 2003
Bill Gartner I get at least one a month; usually more. They come in the mail, both U.S. mail and e-mail. The companies that send these make grand promises about the kind of services that they provide. They always try to get me to leave the company that is currently providing my Internet Service Provider. Each company that markets its product this way vows that their service is the best, "so dump the rest." And, all of them guarantee one thing: 1,000 hours free Internet service.
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February 17, 2010
Christians in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa marked the beginning of Lent this week with Ash Wednesday. Some Christian churches observe the day by placing ashes on adherents’ foreheads as a sign of repentance. Many local churches will offer special services and classes during Lent this year. Christ Lutheran Church, 760 Victoria St. in Costa Mesa, will offer a Lenten sermon series called Rescued! at 7 p.m. Wednesdays during Lent. As part of the series, missionaries David And Barb Anderson will visit the church Wednesday to tell the story of how they survived for an hour clinging to empty gasoline cans in near-freezing waters of the Bering Sea after a plane crash in 1993.
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By Joseph Serna | February 6, 2008
Outside St. Joachim Church in Costa Mesa stood an Episcopalian and a Roman Catholic, foreheads blackened with ashy crosses. Even though Betty Flores doesn’t share her husband, Frank’s, Catholic beliefs, she said, “They were sweet enough to give me one anyway.” Diocese of Orange County Bishop Rev. Tod Brown would have been pleased. Christians across Orange County marked the beginning of Lent, or Ash Wednesday, a 40-day period of fasting, prayer and alms giving.
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March 6, 2003
Deirdre Newman The ashes in Ash Wednesday this year took on deeper significance with a potential war in Iraq looming, Newport-Mesa Catholic leaders said Wednesday. On the day Christians searched their souls and repented for their sins, the ashes that marked their introspection reflected the destruction that could rain down on Iraq, said Monsignor Bill McLaughlin of Our Lady Queen of Angels Church in Newport Beach. "If I were in Iraq today, ashes would be [what]
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March 3, 2001
Young Chang Stephanie Hanger is giving up watching television for the next 36 days. The Our Lady of Mount Carmel church attendee tunes in about two hours a night. But as of Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, the tube has gone dark. "This would allow me more time to read and meditate on the gospel of the Lord," Hanger said. "And [sacrifices] just kind of remind me of my sins. It keeps me humble." For the next month or so, local Christians will try to conquer personal missions.
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March 21, 2000
We asked students at St. Joachim's Elementary School: What do you plan to give up or do differently during Lent? "I'm going to do something for Lent instead of sacrificing something. I am going to help my mom at her pet-grooming company every Friday. It will teach me responsibility." MARTIN PREMOLI, 11 Sixth grade "I am going to help my mom at home. I will help her clean up the house everyday. It will teach me to be more clean." JOHN SWIFT, 10 Fourth grade "I am going to be giving up ice cream and soda."
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February 27, 2009
Some folks like to give something up for Lent; others advise charitable acts. What would you like to advise your flock to do for Lent?   Give up watching TV one evening, and visit a lonely or sick person instead. Give up looking at other people’s worst points and concentrate on their strengths and positive attributes. Give up your worries, and trust God with your problems and frustrations. Give up dislike of anyone, and learn to love better and more instead.
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By Mark Davis | February 28, 2014
Lent, a religious season that is about so much more than avoiding chocolate, is drawing near. For many in the Christian faith, Lent is a time to reflect on the awful journey toward death that led to Jesus' crucifixion. One question that arises often on that journey is, "Why did Jesus have to die?" The most common answer to this persistent question was articulated by Anselm, the 11th-century Archbishop of Canterbury. He referenced God's justice and love. In keeping with the practices of his day, Anselm argued that it would have been an offense against God's honor for human sin to go unpunished.
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February 25, 2014
Bob passed peacefully from this life the morning of January 6th with his daughter Ashley and son-in-law, Mike, by his side after his brave and humble battle with cancer. He was surrounded and supported by his loving family and caregivers during the last days of his life. Bob was born in Marshalltown, Iowa, but lived in San Diego, California for most of his life. In 2000, after retiring from the oil industry, Bob decided to move to Playa Potrero in Costa Rica where he lived for the last 13 years.
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November 8, 2013
Mary Lent Butler     Walked with God on November 3rd, 2013 and was no more of this Earth. She was born August 1st, 1922 in Peru, Illinois to John and Mildred Lent. A graduate of Wellesley, she went on to engineering school at the NYU Guggenheim School of Aeronautics. She went to work at Chance Vought Aircraft in Connecticut where she met the love of her life, George V. Butler. After a whirlwind courtship, they married in November 1944. George was spared the draft by the birth of their son, Richard, in December 1945 followed by Nancy in 1948 and Bette in 1953.
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By Mark Wiley | February 24, 2012
This week some of us wore dark smudges on our foreheads. Maybe you were one of us. Smudge wearers grow less each decade. Even many of those who share Christ's name graciously decline to wear smudge marks. The smudge, of course, is ash from Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Most of us are not really Lenten folks. We would just as soon skip from celebration to celebration, from Mardi Gras to Easter. Lent is the season of confession, of really looking at yourself in the mirror, of spring cleaning and of coming clean.
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February 17, 2010
Christians in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa marked the beginning of Lent this week with Ash Wednesday. Some Christian churches observe the day by placing ashes on adherents’ foreheads as a sign of repentance. Many local churches will offer special services and classes during Lent this year. Christ Lutheran Church, 760 Victoria St. in Costa Mesa, will offer a Lenten sermon series called Rescued! at 7 p.m. Wednesdays during Lent. As part of the series, missionaries David And Barb Anderson will visit the church Wednesday to tell the story of how they survived for an hour clinging to empty gasoline cans in near-freezing waters of the Bering Sea after a plane crash in 1993.
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By Joseph Serna | December 24, 2009
Every year after the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, Randy Ressel and his wife, Debra Huse, tell themselves that this was their last year participating. It takes so much time and effort, they said, and after it’s all done, you just want to breathe and relax. And every year, as the next parade appears on the horizon, their irrepressible enthusiasm for the holidays picks up steam. Soon, it’s like a speeding locomotive, and they probably couldn’t stop themselves even if they wanted to. “As time goes on, you get all excited about it,” Huse said.
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By MARK WILEY | February 27, 2009
Spiritual wisdom is often taught through “teaching stories.” The teaching story does not have a moral or a lesson but will reveal insights. Once, a man visited a Buddhist monk. The man sought great truths, and the monk was reputed to have great wisdom. When the man arrived, without an appointment, the monk welcomed him and invited him to share tea. As he sat down, the visitor said, “I am seeking truth. Tell me the truths you know.” The monk was silent.
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February 27, 2009
Some folks like to give something up for Lent; others advise charitable acts. What would you like to advise your flock to do for Lent?   Give up watching TV one evening, and visit a lonely or sick person instead. Give up looking at other people’s worst points and concentrate on their strengths and positive attributes. Give up your worries, and trust God with your problems and frustrations. Give up dislike of anyone, and learn to love better and more instead.
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