LENT, it seems to sneak up on us so quickly we tend to forget to prepare. I am giving you a heads up to contemplate what it means to you and how you will spend it this year. Ash Wednesday is February 18th, and a great time for reflecting and penance to grow closer to Jesus. On this spiritual journey, we acknowledge his deep abiding love for us, and we recognize how much he suffered and sacrificed. This acknowledgment opens us to extend that love to others.
Many of us, think about what we will give up for Lent as a sacrifice to show God how much we love him in return. With this in mind, Pope Francis has given us some direction when he asked the question, “wondering what to give up for Lent? Try indifference” He stated our hearts grow cold when we continually think and worry about ourselves. In his Jan. 27th, Lenten message, he said, when we live a healthy and comfortable lifestyle, “we forget about others.” You can read the full article here Catholic News Agency
Fr. Peter Schineller S.J., gives an example of this indifference Pope Francis is speaking about and how to turn it around in this 3 minute and 24 second clip.
Whatever it is we choose to give up for Lent, may it bring us closer to Jesus in the people we begin to love and may it open our eyes to see Him in every person we encounter.