Dear Friends in Jesus Christ,
Greetings in the name of the Lord!
We have begun the season of Lent, a season of Grace. I would like to put forth the same points for our reflection that which the Ash Wednesday reminded us.
It is an invitation to Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving.
Prayer invites us to look at the cross especially taking part in the Eucharist and reflecting on the passion of the Lord by praying the way of the cross. We can also find some time to spend personally in prayer.
Fasting and abstinence on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Abstinence on all Fridays of lent, here we observe it on Wednesdays. We make a good confession to receive pardon for our sins.
Alms giving is a sign of our renunciation to help the less fortunate. We have the envelops distributed to contribute your Lenten sacrifice at end of 40 days.
I already see a great move towards all these. Many more are coming to church even on week days; Lenten fasting is taken seriously by families and individuals. The most important of all these is the third one to reach out to our neighbor to do some good. Let us start with our own family members to love them more and then spread this love to all our neighbors, in the parish and in the place where we work.
This is an important aspect of our Lenten observance. May Lord Jesus inspire us towards this and prepare us for the day of Easter Joy.
May God bless you all and the Mother of Perpetual Help our patron shows us the way.
In the name of the Lord crucified for us.
Fr. P. Sagayaraj SDB