1. Father Daniel Merz, associate director of the Secretariat for Divine Worship of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, guest blogs today about Lent, saying, “Fasting in Lent recalls our dependence on God alone: His Word and His Word made flesh. The truest of all foods is the Eucharist. Before this food, we break our fast every time, because this is not food for this world, but the Bread of Heaven. Fasting empties us, making us ready to receive the food of grace.”
2. Cardinals voting in the conclave to choose Pope Benedict XVI’s successor are sworn to absolute secrecy. To maintain this secrecy, they will reside inside the Vatican during the conclave. Learn about the guesthousewhere they will stay.
3. The Catholic Relief Services Collection will take place the weekend of March 9-10. This year's collection theme: "Jesus in Disguise: How will you help?" invites Catholics to influence the lives of more than 100 million people at home and abroad, particularly families affected by persecution, war and natural disasters.
4. USCCB Facebook followers have been offering their messages to Pope Benedict XVI throughout today. You can see their messages on a photo shared by the Year of Faith page.
5. God loves you.