ASH WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5TH
A DAY OF FAST & ABSTINENCE
Ashes will be imposed during the
6:45 AM & 12 Noon Masses & 7 PM Service
Our Pastor's Message
A LENTEN REFLECTION
We are called during the season of Lent, through fasting, prayer and almsgiving, to turn our lives and our hearts more fully toward God. Lent is the time, during which, we focus more sharply and clearly on our relationship with God and with others.
We may be tempted to “go through the motions”, that is, to give up something as inconsequential as say, sweets, in order to be able to say that we are “keeping Lent”. However, we must avoid that temptation. God calls us during Lent to conversion of heart. That means fundamental changes in the way we live and relate to God and others. We are called to be holy as our God is holy.
The great enemies of true holiness are selfishness and pride. Our culture pushes us to “take care of number one”. This is absolutely counter to the Gospel values manifested in the life of Jesus. St. Paul tells us that “He emptied himself, taking on the form of a slave”. That’s the model we are called to embrace with our lives. That means doing the hard things, forgiving, reconciling with enemies, putting the needs of others first. This is what it means to embrace our daily crosses, not because it is easy, but because it is hard.
Pope Francis has said that unless we embrace the Cross of Christ we cannot be disciples. Let this Lenten season be a time when we embrace the cross, repent of our sins, and with the help of God’s grace live more fully the holiness that God calls us to.
May we all come through this Lent and Passiontide to the fullness of joy that awaits us at Easter.
Fr. Peter Pagones