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LENT: SPRINGTIME OF THE SPIRIT
Each year the Church calls on us to reflect on our need for self-discipline in our lives. During the "Forty Days of Lent" the traditions of the past are recalled although much adjusted to our present-day culture. The practice of "Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving" has been exceptionally beneficial to persons in the twenty centuries of Christianity as it placed in perspective the need to keep our human appetites in check. In our day of intense self-indulgence, we realistically have a need to exercise self-control.
The motivation for our special efforts during Lent is not simply for social or selfish reasons as much as demonstrating to God the responsible capacity we have to exercise free will. Self-destruction by our over-indulging in any extreme mode of life is not in our interest since that was not the purpose for which God gave us our freedom. Responsible living habits on a daily basis will give us the human protection to survive but will demonstrate to a loving God our desire to be good stewards of life.
Borrowing a thought from Flor McCarthy about Lent being a springtime of the spirit:
May your Lenten experience be one of personal renewal.
Father Vincent T. Kelly
THE SEASON OF LENT
Lent provides an opportunity of great grace when we highlight our personal resolve to serve the Lord through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. May we foster self-discipline in whatever way we deem appropriate.
Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics in good health 14 years old and older on Ash Wednesday and on all the Fridays of Lent. The special Paschal fast, as well as abstinence, are prescribed for Good Friday and encouraged for Holy Saturday.
Our weekday masses for Lent are 8:45am and 12 Noon. Stations of the Cross will follow the noon mass on Fridays during Lent.
PRAYER OF THE WEEK
Prayer for the Second Sunday of Lent
O God, from whom all good things come, grant that we, who call on you in our need, may at your prompting discern what is right, and by your guidance do it. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.