Third Week of Lent: Receiving Over Consuming

The Ascension Lenten Companion: Year B

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This week, Fr. Mark Toups talks about how to shake the mid-lent discouragement and remain present to the Lord. It’s around this point in our Lenten journey that the rush of Ash Wednesday begins to fade, and we may find it harder than ever to attend to our sacrifices and Lenten promises. But now is not the time to discourage; now is the time to be present to our Lord, in any way we’re able.

Meet Fr. Mark Toups

Ordained in 2001, Fr. Mark Toups is a priest for the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, where he serves the Diocese as Director of Seminarians. In addition, Fr. Toups works with the Institute for Priestly Formation, specializing in communications, development, and spiritual direction.

Fr. Toups has also served as pastor of St. Lucy’s Catholic Church in Houma, LA and St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Thibodaux, LA. He received his Master’s of Divinity from Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. A college graduate of Nicholls State University, he is a native of Houma, LA.