This past Wednesday we entered the Church’s great annual retreat that is Lent. It is a season of grace in which we respond to the invitation that was made to us as we received the ashes on our foreheads on Ash Wednesday, “Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.”
Lent affords us the opportunity to undergo an annual spiritual examination similar to what many people do by having an annual physical examination. There may be things that we already know are not quite right in our spiritual lives and, under the microscope of prayer, we may also find areas of our life in need of healing of which we were not aware. For many people this examination will lead to the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lenten Season. Please note the additional opportunities for Reconciliation that are offered during Lent.
The traditional practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving are meant to restore balance to our lives during this Holy Season. Of all the gifts we have, the most precious is the gift of time. It is the gift that we give to God in prayer. If there is an imbalance in our lives, few of us are guilty of spending too much time in prayer. What is one thing I can do this Lent to restore a balance to my life? Please remember that our Adoration Chapel is available for prayer 24/7. If you would like the code to enter the chapel, please call the Parish Office. The Chapel will be open for Adoration each of the Sundays of Lent from 5 pm through 12 am.
As human beings we tend to accumulate a lot of things. We can easily become owned by our possessions. Fasting helps us to let go of some of the things that we have accumulated that we don’t really need. A good cleaning of our closets and a trip to Mission 27 could be a wonderful Lenten pilgrimage for many of us.
Almsgiving is often the result of fasting. Giving up a family movie night or a weekly dinner out would make money available to help support our parish’s Bridge to Bois de Lance partnership with Saint Matthew to provide lunches for school children in two schools in Haiti. Lent is a special time to imitate Jesus in sacrificial giving. It is also a wonderful opportunity for us to teach our children the joy of giving.
Please plan on making the Fridays of Lent a special time for us as a parish family to come together for the Stations of the Cross. This special Lenten devotion will take place each Friday of Lent at 6:00 pm.
See you at Mass!