Last weekend on March 1st, we celebrated the First Sunday of Lent, and reflected on the 3 important decisions needed for a fruitful and meaningful Lent:
One: Let us find more quality time for God. No matter how busy, complicated, or messy our lives are, we all need God in our lives. Without God we are lost. Life without God is empty, meaningless, superficial, and not a pleasant place for any of us to be. Many life’s demands can often distract us, but nothing must replace God in our lives. Our Savior reminds us that: “man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God” (Mt 4:1-11)
Let us find the courage to practice self-discipline. Through self-discipline we can conquer sin and temptation. Through self-discipline we can overcome many life’s obstacles. Through self-discipline we can triumph over many of the worst addictions which tend to make our lives sad and miserable. Let us try self-discipline during this sacred season of Lent, and we will be amazed. The results of success and renewal will be tremendous.
Let us be charitable in our words and deeds, always. The more charitable we are, the less is our struggle to recognize the face of Jesus in each other. Where charity is, there is less hatred, less violence, less division, less greed, less injustices, less prejudice, and less suffering. “For love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, love is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails” (1 Cor 13:4-8)
I wish you a fruitful and meaningful season of Lent. May the Lord grant us a sincere conversion of heart to follow always His ways, to do His will, and to avoid whatever leads into sin and temptation.