FROM THE PASTOR
Another Lenten season is upon us. A season that calls us to repentance and conversion. It is a holy and sacred time for us to allow God to shine the brilliant light of His holiness upon us and see what areas of darkness He is calling us out of, to see what sins He wants us to renounce and turn away from. This is not a season for the faint of heart. If we take Lent seriously, if we take our relationship with God seriously, if we take the journey of holiness seriously, this is a hard, tough season. It is not comfortable to allow ourselves to be seen as God sees us. It takes courage.
As I mentioned in my Ash Wednesday homily, God does indeed love us unconditionally and embraces us even in our darkness. But there is a flip side to His mercy and compassion. God HATES our sin. It is a wedge that comes between us and our relationship with Him. Our sin prevents us from having a deeper intimacy and closeness with God in this life. We settle for a mediocre Christianity and intimacy when God desires us to have so much more.
The Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving are all tools designed to draw us into the very heart of God and to show Him our sincere desire for repentance. They are not an end unto themselves. This Lent, ask God what He wants to do in your life for these next 40 days. What area of sin have we grown comfortable with and have just accepted? At the end of this Lenten season, we know we have succeeded in the journey of repentance and conversion if an area of sin so no longer plaguing us. We will know we have succeeded if we love God more deeply and more completely. We will know we have succeeded if we love others more unconditionally. These are the hallmarks to know if Lent 2021 has been truly successful. This all occurs by the grace of God.
As your pastor, I have been praying that God will pour out a spirit of repentance and conversion upon our parish. I pray this, so that we can all grow in holiness and love of God during this holy season. It is a tough prayer but a prayer I feel that God really wanted for our parish. Let us journey together this Lenten season. A journey towards God. Let us hold each other up in prayer that the grace of God will come upon us in abundance.