Pastor's Corner

2011 03-20 What to do during Lent

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March 20, 2011

He saved us and called us to a holy life, not according to our works but according to his own design and the grace bestowed on us in Christ Jesus…(2 Timothy 1.9). This Pauline epistle, proclaimed at Mass today, reminds us that the blessings promised to Abraham have been made manifest through the obedient love of the Lord Jesus. This is the message we will hear at today’s Divine Liturgy as we celebrate the second Sunday of Lent. It is the Father’s will that we be transfigured through faith, through accepting the invitation given to us by the One who was transfigured on the cross.
So, how have you entered into this holy season? If you have been a bit less than zealous thus far, please don’t waste time worrying about it. Just make a decision…to begin again…today. Aside from the Sundays of Lent (we never fast on the Lord’s Day), give yourself to the spiritual and bodily disciplines of holy Lent: some time of intensified prayer (our relationship with the mystery of the Trinity); to the bodily prayer of fasting (the voluntary giving up of the good things given to us), to almsgiving and the works of service (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1438). Holy Lent is a time for personal introspection; but Lent is also a time to consciously build up the Body of Christ here at Saint Brigid.

On the Fridays of Lent, why not join me and my brother Knights at our Knights of Columbus Fish Dinner in Corbett Hall (5 to 8 PM). Please try to come early, with family and friends. Bring lots of friends! Then, at 7 PM, join us in the Stations of the Cross, held in the main worship space. Fellowship and a Lenten meal at 5 PM, and Stations at 7 PM. That’s the ticket!


For those of you looking for a program of Lenten study, why not try our Saint Brigid Lenten study (Mondays, from 7 to 8:30 PM, room 135)? It began on the 14th, so you haven’t missed much!


Though there are many wonderful “Lenten” books available to our Catholic family and though I am an avid reader of said books, my advice to one and all is…start with the Sacred Scriptures. How are we to follow the Lord Jesus unless we come to know him? The four gospels offer us four different glimpses of the life of the son of Mary, the Son of God. These four Gospels are “portraits” created for us though the inspiration of God, painted by four different artists. Each shows us the Lord, not in a photographic way (the reality of Christ is beyond a static photograph) but through a living portrait that invites our hearts to enter in, to come and see. If you’ve not taken up the Bible in a while, I would suggest that you start with the Gospel of Mark. After Mark, take up Matthew, then Luke. After completing these synoptic gospels (they have many of the same sources or traditions of Jesus)…read the Acts of the Apostles, the beginning of the Church. That will ready you for the Gospel of John and the letters of St. Paul.

Sounds like a lot of homework? Well, we have a lifetime to offer our minds and hearts to the One that gives us mind and heart. But let’s begin again…to come and see.

Ad maiorem Dei gloriam

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