Dear Friends in Christ,
The season of Lent is upon us. The Church, in her wisdom, sets aside 40 days to draw our attention back to the purpose of our lives here on earth. Prayer, fasting, and alms giving are the antidotes to our many faults and failings, to those aspects of our lives that need to be cleansed in the Lord's grace.
Prayer draws us into a deeper conversion and renewal of heart, which helps us to live more fully the promises made at our baptism. Fasting strengthens our skills of self denial. Giving alms, either materially or in the form of acts of kindness and compassion are tools used to spread the light of Christ to others.