Lent 2014 – Lenten Discipline
Lent is about penance and baptism. The first half of Lent calls the Christian community to penance for personal sin and for the sins of the community.
We are invited to a deeper sense of PRAYER – reflecting on the direction of our lives, connecting with the Lord Jesus; changing our lives.
We are invited to FAST – to fast is to empty ourselves making room for the Lord and for hospitality to others, especially the poor.
In Canada, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence from meat. It is in the best interests of the church that these days be proclaimed and practised in the parish community as days of true penance. You are invited and encouraged to do special penance on these two days.
Christian fasting obtains its full meaning when we deprive ourselves of food in order to be more open for prayer, to share more in the suffering of those who are starving, and to save money to give to the poor.
And we are invited to give ALMS: Our Share Lent collection takes place Palm Sunday. Donor fatigue is never an option for the believer who takes discipleship seriously. Penance remains an important theme through the second half of Lent but now we reflect on the power of baptism and renewing our baptismal commitment at Easter. Our RCIA members are especially in our parish prayer as they prepare for the sacraments of initiation into our Catholic Christian community at the Easter Vigil.
And let us keep in our prayer the children in our parish who are preparing for First Holy Communion. These children may receive Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time, with their families on Easter Sunday.