Thursday, March 6, 2014

Lent

While I can explain Lent relatively well I found an article on the Catholic Sun that does a great job. The following was an insert taken from their article. 

"Lent lasts for 40 days — excluding Sundays — from Ash Wednesday to the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, which this year falls on April 17. It is a reminder of Christ’s 40 days of temptation and fasting in the desert, and of Israel’s 40 years of wandering in the desert.

This penitential season of fasting, almsgiving and special prayer is like a spiritual cleansing and renewal to draw closer to God.

For Catholics, it is an annual journey toward the great feast of Easter, the celebration of Christianity’s most fundamental belief that Jesus was raised from the dead and is the Lord of all.

Although the universal Church takes a more solemn tone, Christians are called to be joyful.

“It’s important to talk about our attitude,” said Fr. Steve Kunkel, pastor of Christ the King Parish in Mesa. “If we approach it like a depressing ordeal of suffering and starving, then we set ourselves up for failure.”

Lent is anything but gloomy. Instead, it’s a time for love and a journey to the fulfillment of hope.

Originally, Lent was a period of instruction just for catechumens who prepared to enter the Church at Easter, but it has evolved into a season celebrated by the entire Church.

Lent can be transformative if seen through the lens of love, and it’s through sacrifice that Lent becomes real.

“If I were to ask God what was the biggest thing Jesus was pushing, it’s the kingdom,” said Fr. Doug Lorig, pastor of St. Maria Goretti Parish in Scottsdale. “If that was Jesus’ principal purpose, to introduce the kingdom and call people to enter it, how do you live in the kingdom and open your heart wider?”

The three pillars of Lent — prayer, fasting and almsgiving — are examples of opening our heart by directing focus and attention on God and others.

“Each of those are our love language for God,” Fr. Kunkel said. “There’s a difference between a burden and a cross. A burden is something we do without understanding how it connects with God, a person or the Church. A cross is the greatest symbol of love with, and for, Christ.”

Fr. Kunkel said spending time praying the rosary or a chaplet demonstrates a desire to love and to know God; fasting, in a spiritual way, tells God, “I love You more than then chocolate, or whatever food it may be.”

Almsgiving, or charity, shows God we love Him through the person being shown charity.

“When we look at Lent, it’s our love affair with God,” Fr. Kunkel said. “We gladly do these things to show our love and our willingness to spend time with him." "

Hope you all have a wonderful Thursday! 

Mary xx

2 comments:

  1. Have you decided on what you're giving up?

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    1. Yes, I decided to give up diet coke and pizza because I crave them both so much so it will make me think of lent the most. I'm also going to volunteer tho at the soup kitchen and fish fry to give back! I signed up for this prayer a day email too since it's suppose to be a time of prayer. :)

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