Dear Parish Family,
Lent is a very holy season filled with opportunity and God’s Grace active in our midst. How we spend these 40 days - matters. In an Ash Wednesday homily, Pope Francis spoke of our need to be more aware of our relationship with God and with one another. He encouraged his listeners to PAUSE, SEE and RETURN to God. Below are three excerpts from his homily.
Pause from this compulsion to a fast-paced life that scatters, divides and ultimately destroys time with family, with friends, with children, with grandparents, and time as a gift… time with God.
See the gestures that prevent the extinguishing of charity, that keep the flame of faith and hope alive. Look at faces alive with God’s tenderness and goodness working in our midst.
Return without fear, to experience the healing and reconciling tenderness of God. Let the Lord heal the wounds of sin and fulfil the prophecy made to our fathers: “A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will take out of your flesh the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh” (Ezek 36: 26).
I pray that your Lent is a transformative journey.