The pope preached on the day’s first reading, taken from the prophet Isaiah, which condemned the false ways the faithful were fasting on a day of penance and the ways that are “acceptable to the Lord.”
For the third consecutive year, the Diocese of St. Cloud will celebrate a “Festival of Forgiveness” at various locations across the diocese giving thousands of people the opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation.
The 40 days of Lent are a time for us to refocus on “getting right” with God and others, and to convert our hearts and minds to better reflect the love of Christ.
This year’s Rice Bowl program has taken on a special theme, following the two-year “Share the Journey” campaign kicked off by Pope Francis last September. As part of this ongoing effort of the universal church, Rice Bowl, too, is focusing on ways in which we share the journey of those in need, particularly migrants and refugees.
Each of us is called to be a companion and helper for others on the way to repentance. The ashes that we receive on Ash Wednesday mark us as fellow travelers to Easter glory.
Up to 60 people from St. Leonard’s participated in gatherings during Lent as part of the local V Encuentro process forming two groups, one for Spanish speakers and one for English speakers.
The 12-hour event, in its second year in the Diocese of St. Cloud, is similar to “24 Hours for the Lord,” an event held by Pope Francis in Rome to help every person experience the power of God’s love and mercy through the sacrament of reconciliation.
The solemnity of the Annunciation is really a good Lenten feast. It helps us to observe Lent by placing before us the sacred name of the Son announced to Mary by the Archangel Gabriel.
I’m offering it up. There is this challenge in my life and I’m not going to let it get the best of me. I’ve been praying about it for at least a year now. And the Lord is bringing me to greater peace and understanding about it.