As I look at our church during these days of Lent, I can’t help but notice a starkness and in this starkness there is a beauty. Flowers and plants have been removed from church and the altar, which is covered with a simple white cloth, clearly stands out in the sanctuary. Stripped of some of the things that usually adorn the church, we notice those things that are essential. The same is meant to happen in our spiritual lives. Removing some of the unnecessary things that can so easily clutter our lives, we see more clearly what is essential. There is a beauty in the Gospel call to simplicity and every Lent we are called to remove some of the clutter from our lives so that we can focus on what is essential.
Last weekend our parish Evangelization Team distributed the card with the “10 Things a Disciple of Jesus Does.” Several years ago the Archdiocese prepared a similar card entitled, “10 Things to Know About the Catholic Faith.” That card found wide distribution in the Archdiocese and beyond. The new card, like the previous one, was the result of ‘town hall’ meetings held around the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. It contains a synthesis of how we understand discipleship and how we strive to live our faith and to share our faith. Each one of the ten points offers us food for reflection and conversion during Lent. We might use it to make our examination of conscience in preparation for celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation. How well am I living out my discipleship? Additional cards are available in the vestibule of the church. Please feel free to share them with others.
The Evangelization Team also prepared and distributed bumper stickers with the simple message, “C U @Mass.” The stickers are meant to be both a reminder and an invitation. We live in a culture that increasingly denies the specialness of Sunday as a day to be renewed in our relationship with God and family. Many people, including, unfortunately, many Catholics, no longer go to church on Sunday. The bumper sticker is a simple way of reminding the world around us of the specialness of Sunday as the Lord’s Day. Thanks for helping us get the invitation out. It’s what disciples do!
Thank you to our Evangelization Team for helping us find ways to share the great gift of our faith.
“C U @ Mass!”