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February 4, 2018, 12:00 PM

Are we ready to celebrate Lent?


We celebrate Lent to imitate Christ who fasted 40 days and nights in the desert before He began His public ministry. We celebrate Lent to prepare for the new life promised to us by the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus. We celebrate Lent to change our hearts and minds to be more Christ-like. The Greek word for this change is metanoia, our theme for this Lent. Lent and each Friday throughout the year are days of penance in memory of the death of Jesus and are very important parts of our penitential practices. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at the start of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday. This year Lent begins on February 14. That’s just 10 days away! Are we ready? We might say, “Ready for what?” That’s easy, ready for our metanoia! We have 10 days to think about how we will spend Lent to continue to change our hearts and minds to be more Christ-like. We can choose from the three pillars of Lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. We can celebrate with spiritual exercises, penitential liturgies, pilgrimages, Scriptural reading, the Divine Office, self-denial such as fasting and abstinence, and performing corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Prayer is the raising of our minds and hearts to God and His desire for communication with us. Fasting is not partaking in certain foods or activities. Almsgiving is using our time, talent, and treasure to build up the Church. Our choices lead to our metanoia. Now you know!


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