The Season of Lent, 2017
Wednesday 1st March 2017 is Ash Wednesday and marks the beginning of the Season of Lent.
A programme of events that will take place in the parish and further afield this Lenten Season has been developed to assist us in our spiritual journey towards the great days of Holy Week and Easter, when we commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Click here to read The Holy Father’s message for Lent.
Click here to read Archbishop of George Stack message for Lent.
A Time of Opportunity
Lent is a special time of opportunity; it is a good time to grow in our understanding of our faith, a time of renewal and commitment to Christ and His Church; a time to practice our faith with a renewed enthusiasm.
The imposition of Ashes on Ash Wednesday sets the tone. As the ashes are put on the foreheads of the faithful we use the words, “Remember, man, that thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return.”
Are these words meant to frighten us? No, they should not frighten us, because as Catholics we believe that we go onto our eternal reward, which is ultimately to be with Christ, His Blessed Mother and all the Angels and Saints forever.
Are they harsh and outdated? No they are not, because we have the words of eternal life, given to us in the words, “Come to me all you who are burdened.”
Are they relevant to us today? Yes, of course they relate to us today, our faith is relevant and we should live it every day.
God enriches the human family with the gifts of knowledge, science and love. Faith is to be shared with all human beings and should embrace, if not lead the way of science, technology and they joy of life.
“When you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
Traditionally, Catholics have abstained from eating meat on Fridays. This practice,
whilst expected to be performed during the course of the whole year, is particularly
relevant during the Season of Lent, as we prepare ourselves to re-
May these forty days be a positive time of prayer and fasting for us all. Leave behind the negative view of Lent, instead use it as an opportunity to grow in your faith and ultimately closer to Christ.
If you intend on giving something up for Lent, do not give it up for a selfish or personal reasons. One shouldn't give up chocolate, sweets and cake in order to lose some weight, ready for the summer months. Give up something difficult, a bad habit, which may ultimately go afterwards, bad drinking habits, snacking, and gossiping. These more difficult challenges will serve you and your fellow human beings in a more positive way.
The opportunity the Holy Church is giving us during Lent is a great time to practice our faith. The normal means of practicing our faith will still go on, Sunday and daily Mass, personal prayer, Adoration, each assisting us through this spiritual journey. We have all these readily available to us, so please use them to your advantage.
May our journey through Lent be a positive experience for us all.