Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
The holy season of Lent is almost upon us. It is a season that is rich in symbolism and ritual, all intended to help us to turn away from selfishness and sin and embrace the “Good News.” It is a time to let our hearts be opened – opened to examine what needs forgiveness and healing in our lives.
Lent offers us nothing less than the grace of God’s generosity, compassion and mercy.
As we reflect on the meaning of the death and resurrection of Jesus for us, we want it to become personal: what I have done, what I have failed to do and what needs forgiveness. As we approach the Lord we want to feel gratitude for His unconditional love and allow it to transform us. In this Year of Mercy, we desire to experience God’s mercy deep within our hearts and allow it to heal and enrich our relationships with others.
I invite you to experience this penitential season joyfully reassured of God’s boundless love for you. Strive to practice the traditional disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving in a heartfelt manner. Commit yourself to receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation in a truly meaningful way. Together, let us prepare to celebrate the Paschal Mystery with minds and hearts renewed!
Fr. Ray Sacca