From the Pastor’s Desk
It’s Lent again, YEA! When I was younger I did not look forward to the Lenten season! What would I have to give up? How many more times did I have to go to church? Why can’t I have a hamburger today? As I have grown older, hopefully wiser and deeper in faith I have begun to really appreciate the season of Lent. It is a way for me to push the pause button in my life. I am sure all of us are busy doing many things and time does not seem to slow down. Lent is a time to remember why we do many of the things we do. It is a time to remember who we are called to be as individuals, as families, and as a Parish. We all need a break in our busy lives, and Lent is that break/remember/reflection time that is so important for us. It is a time to remember as Pope Francis said his first day: “Pray for me.” We are called to pray to acknowledge our weakness, our sinfulness and remember the mercy and compassion of God. Ash Wednesday reminds us as we receive ashes on our foreheads, “Repent and be faithful to the Gospel.” Lent is the time to pray, to calm our spirits, to pause and ask ourselves are we doing what we really are called to do in this life? The prayers, different activities, opportunities and services of Lent help us to refresh ourselves, to reenergize ourselves, and help us to prepare for the great feast following Lent, the Feast of God’s Love and forgiveness: EASTER.