Watch out! Lent is coming to a parish near you! This week, already is “Ash Wednesday.” It’s the first day of Lent, and it begins with the reminder that most of what our life is about is simply ashes, when compared to eternity and our destiny with God. If most of our activity amounts to ashes, then the question is: What are we going to do that will have a more lasting impact in our life? What part of us will endure the test of time? St. Paul says, “Only three things will last: faith, hope, and love and the greatest of these is love.” ( 1 Cor. 13,13) So, I guess this is probably where we need to focus and start.
This Lent, our “Gather Us In” Evangelization Committee is offering a chance to enrich “the faith” portion of our Lent as a means to deepen our understanding as disciples of Christ. If you remember last Christmas we handed out free copies of Matthew Kelly’s book entitled: “The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity.” I hope you had a chance to read it. It’s a book that tries to help us better live out our Catholic Christian Faith and make it more accessible to everyone. As we did with our Mass Project last year in Lent 2018, we will have many opportunities for parish members to attend study sessions and take the pages of this book apart to discuss. Book study sessions will be offered after some of our weekday Masses, during Faith Formation on Wednesday nights, after our Weekend Liturgies, and finally as part of our “Reflections at the Regency” (which I will personally host in downtown St. Cloud.) Having one of our gatherings on Thursday nights is only made possible because of the generosity of Byron and Peg Bjorkland who provide the space, the hors d’oeuvres and the refreshments for our study group. If we finish early on these Thursday nights we may also read and discuss the upcoming Sunday readings. I am not sure yet. Either way, be sure to check out our bulletin or read our bulletin inserts and plan to attend any of the gatherings that might work for you during Lent. There will be different sessions for period of 4 weeks. All are invited and guests are certainly welcomed as well!
Lent provides us a wonderful opportunity do something new, to do something different that just might have lasting effect and change our spiritual life. If taken with an open mind and an open heart and applied to our daily life, it can mean the difference between an ordinary season of Lenten repentance and prayer and a season of enrichment for all. Hope to see you there! Peace and God bless.