Take a Lenten Journey
Lent calls us every year to a conversion that is rooted deep within our beings, a conversion of our hearts. We are invited to slow down and prayerfully notice who we are and where we are with God and others at this time in our lives.
The first reading for Ash Wednesday is from the Book of Joel. The prophet pleads with the people of his time and ours, “return to me with your whole heart…rend your hearts, not your garments and return to the Lord, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment.” (Joel 2: 12-13) In the second reading, St. Paul urges the people of Corinth and us, “not to receive the grace of God in vain.” (2 Cor 6:1) The Gospel reading records Jesus teaching his followers and us how to give alms, to pray and to fast so only our heavenly Father knows what we are doing.
Throughout the season of Lent brief reflections on the Sunday readings and a variety of resources will be posted on the diocesan website. You are invited to enter into prayer, do acts of mercy and fast in union with other disciples of Jesus Christ – as a family, a household, a parish, a community, a diocese and a universal Church. Together let us recommit ourselves to doing justice, loving tenderly and walking humbly with our God (Micah 6:8).
Catholic Relief Services offers a variety of Lenten resources. You can choose to:
Listen to Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archdiocese of New York, explain, “What is Lent?”
Sign up for weekly Lenten Reflections
Request or set up a Rice Bowl to use at home
Visit Catholic Relief Services for these resources.
Check Mass times in your area and plan to participate in Mass on Ash Wednesday. As you receive the blessed ashes on your forehead, acknowledge humbly your need to change and rejoice in God’s loving mercy.
As you begin your Lenten journey, incorporate prayer, fasting and almsgiving into your daily life.
Think about the various ways to pray. Choose one you will do daily for the rest of this week.
Consider a particular behavior that could help you grow more like Christ. Repeat this behavior every day of Lent and see what happens.
Take a Lenten Journey
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