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February 11, 2018, 12:00 PM

Are we really ready to Celebrate Lent?


We celebrate Lent to imitate Christ who was tempted by Satan during His 40 days in the desert. We celebrate Lent to change our hearts and minds to be more Christ-like. This change, metanoia, is our theme for this Lent. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, this Wednesday! That’s just 3 days away! Are we ready to start our metanoia! We have 3 days to think about how we will spend Lent to continue to change our hearts and minds to be more Christ-like. During Lent the Church invites us to take a step back and look at who we are and how we are doing in our growth in holiness. It is the perfect opportunity to form new life-giving habits and give up old selfdestructive habits. This year we can use these 40 days to explore God’s plan for us and what it means to be more Christ-like. As Matthew Kelly said, “We cannot change a moment of the past, so we need to grasp the present moment and change the future.” We can choose any combination from the three pillars of Lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Our choices lead to our metanoia. Turning our backs on service is turning our backs on ourselves. By taking these next 3 days to further develop our Lenten plan, we’ve taken the next step to our metanoia. We can discover the balance between accepting ourselves as we are and challenging ourselves to change and grow. Now, what can we do with 40 days to change our hearts and minds? Now you know!


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