the poor, the forgotten and the unloved.
Lent is a time of renewal of life by penance and prayer. Formerly, the six weeks of Lent meant a time of severe penance as a way of purifying ourselves from our sinful habits and getting ready to celebrate the Paschal mystery; the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, with a renewed commitment to follow Christ.
Today the Church demands fasting and abstaining only on specified days of Lent, and leaves the practice of penance and good works during Lent to the conscience and generosity of individual Christians.
We would do well to convert Lent into a time of spiritual growth by attending Mass daily or a few times week, by spending part of our day in personal prayer, reading from Scripture, setting aside some money that we might spend on ourselves and giving it to an organization which takes care of the less fortunate in our society; abstaining from smoking, alcohol and other evil addictions, receiving the sacrament of reconciliation during Lent and participating in the
“Stations of the Cross”,
visiting the sick and doing some act of charity, kindness and mercy every day.
We need to use Lent as a time to renew the fight against the evil both within and around us as fighting temptation and evil is a lifetime task. Jesus did not overcome Satan in the wilderness; he achieved that only in his death. Lent reminds us we have to take up the fight against temptation each and every day, never giving up. Jesus has given us the assurance that the Holy Spirit is with us, empowering us so final victory will be ours through Jesus Christ.
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