Pastor’s Lenten Message :: February 14, 2018
A Message from the Pastor
Dear Members of St. Columbkille,
There’s a lot going on during the Lenten season at our parish. A preview is included with this message. Come to Mass, check out our website www.saintcolumbkille.org, and search the weekly bulletin each week to find what we’re doing as a family!
Lent is a time for prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. The Church teaches by absence as well as by presence, and Lent is a time of great loss. Eating is diminished and some foods forbidden as a fast of the body. Music is scaled back, bells are silenced and the Gloria and Alleluia are dropped from the liturgy as a fast of hearing. Church decorations are simplified as a fast of sight. Depriving the senses helps the faithful maintain focus on the internal condition of the soul rather than on externals.
This Lent, I encourage you to take a step back and focus on your interior life and simplify, in whatever way you may need. For some, that might include limiting distractions like social media. For others, it might be doing something “extra,” like helping those in need or praying more often.
While it’s good to “give up” things for Lent, I encourage you to think about what are you going to replace them with. It may be helpful to say, “Lord, I’m going to give up watching my favorite TV show every Tuesday night, and instead I’ll use that time to read the Bible,” or, “Lord, I’m going to forego my morning coffee twice a week, and instead donate that money to my favorite charity.”
Making small adjustments in our life during Lent can realign our vision and help us to understand how much good we really can do. May God bless you this Lenten season with a better understanding of who you are and a deeper knowledge of who He is.