Lent Begins Tomorrow
Tomorrow we start the season that the Church provides for us as an opportunity to grow in holiness. Christians have observed Lent since the early days of the Church. Evidence of this dates back to the 2nd century when St. Irenaeus wrote a letter to St. Pope Victor I discussing the dates and times for fasting etc. Thus, Lent is not a medieval invention of the Church as some might accuse. It comes from the apostles and early Church Fathers. Fasting, prayer and the giving of alms have been part of the armamentarium of the saints and faithful. Self denial, sacrifice and penance are not valued in our contemporary society but these values have always been part of the devotional life of Christians down through the ages.
This season is a gift that God gives us to renew our baptismal vows, devote more time to prayer, spiritual reading and participate in the many devotions the Church offers at this time, Stations of the Cross etc. This is then followed by the celebration of the Resurrection and the entry of many into the Church at Easter.
A lot of grace is available to further our walk with the Lord at this season- if we only avail ourselves of it. I hope and pray you all have a blessed Lent. See you in 40 days!