WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, we begin the season of Lent. Though few look forward to its beginning, those who take it seriously are grateful for its ending fruits. Lent is the time to get our house in order, a time to make God THE priority in our lives. To do so, God is not asking us to become cloistered monks but rather to shift our focus from ourselves to Him: to look in the morning mirror and say ‘thank you for another day’; to arrive at work with gratitude for the dignity to be able to earn a living; and to return home mindful of the gift of family. That ‘subtle shift’ from me to Him is, in fact, huge!
The word ‘lent’ is from the Latin word for the season of ‘spring’. Join us for Ash Wednesday Mass at 6:45 a.m., 8:00 a.m. or 5:30 p.m., and be marked with the ‘soil’ of ashes. I pray that this season of Lent will be for you a springtime of New Life. Another way to shift the emphasis from oneself to God/others, is to volunteer. Lourdes will be receiving several new members into our parish family at the Easter Vigil on April 19.
Between now and then, we would like them to get to know their new family a little better, and needless to say, a personal relationship is best. Would you be willing to bring one of our soon-to-be new members to 9:00 a.m. Sunday coffee and donuts (March 9th and April 6th)? You would be a familiar face, a person who would help them to begin to feel at home here at Lourdes. If you are willing to help, contact me at the rectory or email@example.com Remember when you first moved into Lourdes? What a difference it made when you began to make friends! Please, pay that gift forward.