Last Wednesday was Ash Wednesday, the start of the Lenten season, the beginning of a forty day liturgical period of prayer and fasting. The word “lent” comes from an English word meaning “springtime”. Like spring, Lent can be a time of transformation, as well as preparation, as we prepare to celebrate the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Indeed, Lent offers us a wonderful opportunity for spiritual renewal through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. And so I ask, as a new Lenten season begins, that you prayerfully consider some type of renewal: Start adoration. Attend daily Mass. Go to confession. Pray the stations of the cross. Give up something or rededicate yourself to helping those in need.
Lent is not about giving up something to please God. It is a time to give glory to God – through prayer, fasting and giving alms – by recalling and being thankful for what Jesus Christ gave up to pay the penalty for the sins of the world — His holy and innocent life.
God Bless You.
Fr. Frank McNamee Pastor