Lent – a season of spiritual renewal
By Pastoral Planning Office Director Daniel Ang
As the season of Lent approaches, we are invited to walk in the steps of Christ, to live a life of conversion marked by faith.
As we hear the Word of God proclaimed over these weeks of Lent and in Holy Week and encounter Christ in the sacraments He has given, we are brought into acute consciousness of our own discipleship as a gift and challenge.
Lent cannot leave us where we are but invites us to renewal, to recommit ourselves wholeheartedly to Jesus and his world-transforming mission. We are being sent to reshape the world by reshaping our own lives and the lives of others by our increase in prayer, our fasting and self-sacrifices, and our almsgiving and charity. As Pope Francis has said, “During this Lent, then, brothers and sisters, let us all ask the Lord: “Fac cor nostrum secundum cor tuum”: Make our hearts like yours. In this way we will receive a heart which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference” (Lenten Message 2015). Lent is inviting each of us as disciples to allow our hearts to “be pierced by the Spirit so as to bring love along the roads that lead to our brothers and sisters”.
This season our Pastoral Planning Office, together with the agencies of our Diocese, is offering a range of Lenten resources for your home, parish and ministries. We hope these materials inspire and support your own family and community to walk in the steps of Christ, in his love and grace to undertake a fruitful Lenten journey.
Read ‘Lent – A Season of Spiritual Renewal’ in full at the Faith in Our Future site
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