O Jesus, you place on my forehead the sign of your saving Cross: "Turn from sin and be faithful to the gospel." How can I turn from sin unless I turn to you? You speak, you raise your hand, you touch my mind and call my name, "Turn to the Lord your God again." These days of your favor leave a blessing as you pass on me and all your people. Turn to us, Lord God, and we shall turn to you.
March is a month that holds the holiest times of the liturgical year, Lent and Easter. The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through prayer, doing penance, repentance of sins, almsgiving, atonement, and self-denial. This event is observed in the Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, Methodist, and Roman Catholic Churches. It is a 40 day time of spiritual renewal and retreat through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. It is a wonderful time to slow down and reflect on God’s place in our lives and how we live out His love for us.
This year we are focusing on Pope Francis’ message of opening our hearts. “Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold” Mt 24:12. These words appear in Christ’s preaching about the end of time. They were spoken in Jerusalem, on the Mount of Olives, where the Lord’s passion would begin. In reply to a question of the disciples, Jesus foretells a great tribulation and describes a situation in which the community of believers might well find itself: amid great trials, false prophets would lead people astray and the love that is the core of the Gospel would grow cold in the hearts of many. We are remembering to be intentional about loving those who are on the fringe of society, the sick, the lonely and those who are often overlooked.
We are called to be the eyes, ears and heart of Jesus each day. We are called to be peacemakers and the light of Christ. Our relationship with God is the priority and Lent is a tremendous opportunity to draw closer to our Lord and reflect on our life. Please join us as we journey in the footsteps of Christ. His full message can be found by clicking the link below.
At all of our campuses, our students give witness to God’s love through their actions of spiritual and corporal works of mercy: collecting food for the hungry, providing clothing to shelters, visiting the elderly, collecting pennies for the poor and collecting monies for the Missions. We will focus on our renewal through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Please enter into this season with us through family and parish activities. The following website will have fun and simple family resources to make Lent more meaningful so we will rejoice on Easter Sunday.
As we enter Lent, please pray for us as we will keep you and your family in our daily prayers this season.
Yours in Christ,