Everyday gives us a new beginning, a fresh start. But it also calls us to ask what a “resolution” should really be. Our first resolve should always be to involve ourselves more intimately in the life of Christ, and how better to do that than by embracing Christ’s call to be compassionate?
The Lenten season prepares us for the celebration of Easter. It is a time for Christians to embrace prayer, fasting, and almsgiving in a more concerted way. For some it is a time of healing, an opportunity to repair their spiritual brokenness. For others it is simply a good time to cultivate their spiritual lives in a more disciplined manner. The goal of Lenten practices:
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.” (From Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount – Matthew 5: 14-16)
Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, reminds us that, “as it expands, goodness takes root and develops. If we wish to lead a dignified and fulfilling life, we have to reach out to others and seek their good” (Evangelii Gaudium, 9). Reaching out to others is an integral part of being a good steward of the gifts God has given to us. By reaching out to others in our families, parishes, communities and local Churches, we actually show in a tangible way how we return God’s gifts back to Him with our gratitude.
Rob Faughnan Diocese of Colorado Springs
Saint Turibius of Mongrovejo
Parish Websites from OSV
Most Rev. Kevin FarrellBishop of Dallas, Texas
“I ask that we reflect on the emphasis which our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has placed on stewardship of the world’s resources, principal among them being the human person and the family, especially as we understand where we place our “time, talent and treasure.”
God of mercy,You have given us this special time to reflect on our lives,believe in the Good News and draw closer to You. May this season of Lent help us be good stewards of this time:to fast and pray, be more generous and show others how to live in Christ.
Let us see each day of this season as a new opportunityto renew our lives and gain a deeper appreciation of Your active presencein us and our community of faith.