Lent: a special time to renew ourselves in the Body of Christ

02-07-2016Fr. Michael Straley


I know it seems early, but next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. In this year of Mercy, Lent provides us with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate God's love and mercy for each of us, and for our brothers and sisters throughout the world.

Remember that on Ash Wednesday, as on Good Friday, we both fast and abstain from eating meat. Fasting means usually, one meal throughout the day, either once or spread out. Abstaining means that we do not eat meat, only vegetables and fish. These disciplines are not only healthy, but they remind us that while we live in the world, we live differently from the world's ways.