ent can be a wonderful season of grace for us if we participate fully. It is not an ‘ordeal’ of self denial, or something that can be reduced to ‘giving up sweets’. Instead, we can use this opportunity to acknowledge those areas of our lives that need changing, and to ask God’s help to strengthen and bless our efforts.
As you prepare for this year’s Lenten journey, here are some ideas you might like to consider:
- Spend a few minutes every day in prayer and thanksgiving;
- Commit to reading a chapter or passage of your Bible every day. Reflect on John 1, Romans 12-14, Matthew 5-7 and John 14-17;
- Regularly go to Confession and receive Holy Communion;
- Forgive those who have offended or hurt you in some way – whether or not they ask for your forgiveness ;
- Reflect on the suffering of others, and create change that will help take away that suffering;
- Fast as fully as possible;
- Give to others, asking nothing in return.
Pope Francis in his Lenten message talks about the parable of Lazarus and the rich man – and reminds us that the poor person at the door is not a nuisance, but a summons to conversion and to change. Lent is a the time for opening the doors to all those in need and recognising in them the face of Christ.
There are many poor people in need on the Zulu Mission. Although you may not be able to be with them in person, you can share with them in spirit.
Your donation – could provide a food parcel for a hungry family, comfort for an orphaned child, nursing care for someone who’s sick or aged, or the chance for a child to go to school.
In return for your kindness we invite your special intentions for inclusion in our monthly Mass for Mission friends.
May God bless you and give you all the graces you need to make this a sacred time for Our Lord and His Church.
WE ARE HERE FOR YOU
If you would like us to pray for your special intentions, please list them on the form below for inclusion in our monthly Mass for friends of the Missions.
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