Pastor's Corner

Beginning Our Season of Lent

02-11-2024Pastor's CornerVery Rev. Robert J. Deehan, VF

Do you need to be renewed in spirit? In what way? What steps do you need to take to accomplish that goal? Built in to our liturgical year is a time set aside to refocus on what will enable us to become all that God has made us to be and, in turn, be renewed in spirit. That special time is the season of Lent, which begins this Wednesday, February 14.

Spiritual growth, as in any type of growth, is a process, and we can always use a period of time to examine how we’re progressing. One first step in obtaining the renewal this season is meant to foster is a self-assessment. This entails asking yourself questions like: Where do I need to grow in my relationship with God, others and myself? Has there been any inordinate focus in my life that has warped my priorities, values or outlook, and has caused me to feel “out of kilter?” How might I regain equilibrium and enjoy true peace?

The traditional spiritual practices of Lent: prayer, fasting and almsgiving/charity are key ways to help us focus on what is most important. In terms of prayer, and in particular, our parish communal prayer, attendance at Mass every weekend is one place to start if it is not a regular practice in your spiritual regimen. Some people choose to attend daily Mass during Lent. Fasting from activities that get in the way of making this a priority would certainly foster a greater commitment to God as well as to oneself, one’s family and our community. One’s regular attendance at Sunday Mass represents a kind of spiritual alms, where we give to the other members of our faith community the gift of our presence and participation, as well as our prayer, fellowship and spiritual support.

Get the most out of your Lent this year by taking advantage of some of the opportunities our parish is offering for spiritual growth during the season of Lent. Check out today’s bulletin and our parish website for details, and make a commitment to do something for yourself. May you be renewed in spirit by making this season of Lent a time for adjusting priorities, and gaining the balance, focus and peace that the Lord desires for you.

God bless you!

Fr. Bob