The season of Lent is upon us and I hope this finds you well. I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you a few thoughts at the start of the season. These thoughts are centered around our attitude of giving something up for Lent.
Sometimes we think to ourselves that we do not want to give anything up because we do so much, and we already sacrifice a lot for ourselves and there is no need to do anything extra. Lent is a penitential time in the Church. It is a time for us to repent and believe in the Gospel. The sacrifices of prayer, fasting and alms-giving direct us to a greater Love of God and our neighbor. When we deny ourselves of some comfort or pleasure, we reflect on what Christ would have us learn from this. We reflect on how we can become a better person, namely conforming ourselves to Christ, in the midst of any small sacrifice we undertake.
There are signs around the Church and in the bulletin that read: Don’t give up Chocolate for Lent. There is a website on these signs that has a link to receive emails and videos that help us in our understanding of Lent in case you were not able to make it to Daily Mass. They will be available everyday during Lent. Pope Francis challenges us to go a step further. In our Lenten observance, we ought to give up showing indifference toward other people. When we give up indifference toward other people, we feast on love. I hope we can view whatever sacrifices we make with a renewed enthusiasm and an opportunity to grow.
So what will you give up for Lent? Let us think long and hard and may we have the best Lent ever. May it be a period of growth and renewal making us truly free to love and serve the Lord and one another. My prayers, love, support and admiration are with you and your families.
Sincerely Yours, Fr. Dave