Well as many you may be aware the “Good” Pastor has been under the weather this week and so he has called on his “favorite” Deacon to write his column.
This past Wednesday (Ash Wednesday) we began our Lenten Journey towards Easter. As we all know we as Catholics are called upon to pray, fast, and help those less fortunate than we are, better known as Almsgiving. All of this involves some sacrifice on our part which does not even come close to the sacrifice that Jesus made for us by his passion, crucifixion and death on the cross.
As we make this yearly journey once again let us keep this in mind. We also need to remember that this journey of ours is not always easy, and just as Jesus was tempted by the devil, so we too will face temptation to give up on the sacrifices
that we have decided to make during Lent. Hopefully, we will try our best to resist that temptation. However, we should remember that we are human and can fall very easily. When we do, we should pick ourselves up just as Jesus did three times on the way to Calvary, and start over again.
One of the ways that will help us on our journey is by the beautiful Sacrament of Reconciliation. Remember it doesn’t matter how long it has been since we received this Sacrament, Jesus is always waiting with open arms to forgive us. So in the words of our Savior, “Be not Afraid” to come to confession.
My hope for all of us is that this Lent will renew our faith and bring us into a closer relationship with Jesus.