March 1 is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. In his homily, the Holy Father said Lent is a path that "leads to the triumph of mercy over all that would crush us or reduce us to something unworthy of our dignity as God's children." He went on to say that “Lent is the time for saying no. Lent is a time for remembering. Lent is the time to start breathing again.”
To celebrate the Lenten season the Salesian Center is offering a free online non-credit course that will delve into the meaning of Lent. We are reminded that before Christ began His public ministry, He spent forty days in the desert to ready Himself for what lay ahead. It was a time to face and conquer His temptations.
During Lent we are called to follow our Lord’s example and take a timeout from our hectic existence. For forty days let us look at the world through the lens of joy, selflessness, fasting, repentance, moderation, and spiritual discipline. Let us not dread Lent as a time forced upon us that we must grudgingly get through. Rather, let it be a time of growth and new beginnings.
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God Bless and Be Well.
Fr. Thomas Dailey, OSFS