As we begin the Second Week of Lent we have many opportunities to practice the Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Our bulletin is full of ways in which we can grow in these holy disciplines.
Each Sunday of Lent, the Blessed Sacrament is exposed in the Adoration Chapel from 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. How beautiful it would be if each of our 1100 parish households would sign up (or just drop in) for an hour of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament on one of the Sunday’s of Lent. If restaurants, movie theatres and sporting events have long lines of people waiting to get in, how appropriate it would be to see an even longer line of parishioners waiting to get into the Blessed Sacrament Chapel on the Sundays of Lent!
Fasting takes many forms in our lives of which food is only one. We live in a very self-indulgent society in which we expect all of our needs to be instantly met. There can be no real love without sacrifice - just ask any parent! Society today speaks of love all the time, but seldom of sacrifice. Fasting from food or alcohol or shopping or television during Lent helps us discipline our wills so that we will be better able to say ‘no’ to ourselves in order to say ‘yes’ to the One who gave up his life for us on the cross.
Almost every Sunday of Lent there is a second collection to aide a worthy national or international cause. As we practice almsgiving during Lent, let us also be mindful of the children of Saint Isadore and Saint Mary Schools in Bois de Lance, Haiti. Sacrificing one movie can provide eight meals for a child in Haiti. Sacrificing one dessert translates into two school lunches for a child and sacrificing a cup of coffee translates into one full meal. Supporting Christ the King’s Bridge to Boise de Lance project is a wonderful way for families to practice almsgiving together during Lent – and beyond!
In the main vestibule of the church our Pro-Life Committee has set up the sign-up board for the 40 days of Life. Parishioners of Christ the King are asked to spend one hour in silent and prayerful witness for the dignity of life on the Tuesday’s of Lent. Please consider offering this witness by signing up for one of the hours still available.
See you at Mass – and Happy Lent!