“In our preparation for Easter, God in his providence offers us each year the season of Lent as a ‘sacramental sign of our conversion’. Lent summons us, and enables us, to come back to the Lord wholeheartedly and in every aspect of our life.”
~Message of His Holiness Pope Francis For Lent 2018~
The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday; February 14 this year. It provides us with an opportunity to reflect on our lives and our faith through the lens of the gift of love that our God gave to us in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ. When faced with such love, it is so easy to enter into an ever-deepening relationship with our Father.
The acts of prayer, almsgiving, and fasting focus our attention on our relationships with God and with others and allow us to examine our lives as we journey with Jesus to His death and resurrection.
Pope Francis shares: “Above all, I urge the members of the Church to take up the Lenten journey with enthusiasm, sustained by almsgiving, fasting and prayer. If, at times, the flame of charity seems to die in our own hearts, know that this is never the case in the heart of God! He constantly gives us a chance to begin loving anew.”