Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Parish Bulletin Article: "Three Pillars of Lent": 3-5-17

Do you remember the three pillars of Lent?  I will quickly refresh our minds and then offer some thoughts as we walk through this season.
            The first pillar is alms (or almsgiving).  These are gifts to serve the poor.  Last weekend I wrote about loving our neighbor and please offer up for the Operation Rice Bowl, food for the hungry and a co-op missionary.  Keep praying for any other needs!
            The second pillar is prayer.  Continue to grow deeper in a relationship—a conversation—with Jesus Christ.  We will have several ways to grow in prayer: Stations of the Cross (Tuesdays at 6:00pm), 40 Hours of Adoration (March 31st-April 2nd), daily Mass and personal prayers.
            The third pillar is fasting.  Remember we will give up meat on Fridays.  I would also challenge you to discern other ways to fast.  I mean, our country has the most food in our world!  We can all sacrifice for our brothers and sisters who are hungry through fasting and prayer.
Finally, there is a powerful passage to focus our love for our neighbors during this season.  It also shows how important alms, prayer and fasting to do so quietly, humbling and softly: “Thus, when you give alms, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by men.  Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.  But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
God Bless!

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