Bishop appeals to Catholics to take Lent seriously

Bishop Malzaire

As the season of Lent begins, His Lordship Bishop Gabriel Malzaire, is urging all Catholics to take this season seriously.

The season began with the observance of Ash Wednesday (February 26) in the Catholic Church and many other traditional Christian denominations. During Mass, there is the blessing of the ashes. The ashes are made from the palms that were used last year, which were burnt to make ashes for Ash Wednesday service. The symbol of ashes is used to trace on the foreheads of those present at the Mass.

Lent lasts for six and a half weeks and during that time, the Church remembers the forty (40) days Jesus spent in the desert fasting, praying and preparing for his ministry.

“What I would like to say to the people today, given the fact that we all are sinners and we are in need of renewal, I would urge all Catholics, all Christians to take this season seriously,” Bishop Malzaire told Dominica News Online (DNO) during an interview on Wednesday.

He continued, “We have seen over the past few years how many of our young people are not able to differentiate between Lent and outside of Lent.”

He said the loud music continues, “the jamming continues and that is sad…”

Malzaire wants to challenge the media houses especially to tone down the music so that the people who are seeking or trying to live a better life will be able to focus properly on this season.

He went on to say that together, as a Christian community, he wants people to use this season as one of renewal.

“When we look at what is happening in our world today, the things that we have to battle with, the crimes, the violence, although Dominica cannot complain too much, but in the world, there is a lot of violence; there is a lot of hatred. Wars are still going on,” the Bishop noted.

He also mentioned the current challenge posed by the coronavirus virus.

“All these things we need to pray for,” he said. “We need to realize we are not in control.”

The head of the Catholic Church in Dominica described Lent as a special season for the Catholic Community, forty days of “serious reflection” meant to help Catholics reflect on the fact that Christ died on the cross for the salvation of mankind.

Bishop Malzaire explained that the aim of lent besides the conversion and the renewal process is to take Catholics to the experience of Easter.

“Easter is the big climax, that after we have gone to the tomb with Jesus especially on Good Friday, then on Easter Sunday during the Easter Vigil celebrations we will be blessing the water which will remind us of Baptismal promises and it takes us into the glorious resurrection of Easter,” he said. “So by the time we get to Easter we have really renewed our faith, we have gone to confession to a Priest, we have reconciled ourselves with our neighbour and we are all renewed, and we live like resurrection people.”

He said Lent is used as an example of how we should be living all the time, to be reconciled constantly with God, so that even outside of Lent we can live by the principles that we achieve during the Lenten Season.

During the 40 days of Lent which will bring the Catholic community through Holy Week, various activities are organized including retreats and days of reflection and engaging in fasting.

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24 Comments

  1. Poor people governor
    February 28, 2020

    Woe be unto you the religious leaders who lead jah children astray. Hypocrite bishop!!! Hypocrite!!!! Why did’nt you speak out for peace during the political turmoil? Why dont you speak out on the ills of society instead on focussing on length? Fire burn down vatican. Fire burn roam. Fire burn you bishop

    • viewsexpressed
      February 29, 2020

      Mr. Poor People governor: This statement you pen is disgusting, insulting, lacks forecast and really you have said nothing meaningful to us to comprehend the message that we are able to understand and support you.
      If you have a message to say to us, you better begin to show Yourself as a decent person, an intellectual who wishes to address matters of state and not send off smear dirty, statements where you lack intellectual decorum and we unable to support your thoughts and concerns. What you have done is stained yourself and also wish to stain our religion and other matters pertaining to our nature island.
      I`m shamed by what you wrote re our Bishop, an intellectual. Distasteful.
      You may not welcome our Bishop Malzaire, but he`s our leader, Bishop of our Catholic Church. Neither of us are perfect. I despise the despicable ways and manner of Skerrit, he is a failure and has failed Dominica & our people. However, Skerrit`s a human but should never be Prime Minister. He has Failed…

  2. February 27, 2020

    Entry#1

    “We all are sinners and we are in need of renewal”–the Bishop.

    First of all, if in 2020 were are still “all sinners” what was the reason for the sacrifice of Jesus more than 2000 years ago and where is the Church that He is perfecting to be His Bride?

    Sir, the practice of Lent can do nothing our Salvation, God wants nothing to do with “religion” the practice of lent is all about religion.

    “Our young people are not able to differentiate between Lent and outside of Lent” because they see that Lent follows a reveling function, known as carnival, every year. They cannot attain “Spiritual” sensitivity, for people like you, who are supposed to be imputing that desire in their minds, are busy plaguing them with the things of “religion” which has nothing to do with Salvation and Life in Christ Jesus

    The process of “renewal” must continue on a daily basis if you are thinking spiritually; for that is where we belong with God.

  3. February 27, 2020

    Entry #2

    “Christ died on the cross for the salvation of mankind”

    And yet your Church believe that you can receive that Salvation through your religious rituals and practices such as these 40+ days of Lent that you speak of.

    Christ came to surrender His Life as a ransom for a sinful World once and for all times, that was more than 2000 years ago

    So, apostle Paul tells us: “We are saved through faith, it is not of ourselves, it is the Grace of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” Lent, and all those other religious events are all about works–not of God’s Grace in Love.

    The Christian relationship with God is a day to day practice to walk with Him in our hearts. His Word is the food for ou soul; and by the counsel and guidance of His Holy Spirit, we will do the works of Love, for the glory of God. That is what we are called to do. It is one thing about good works but it is another thing about the Works of Love.

  4. Braindamage
    February 27, 2020

    Are you serious bishop Gabriel….
    You should have said that before the jump up and not not after the jump down…

    • viewsexpressed
      February 28, 2020

      Well said Bishop Malzaire. Thanks much for these touching points, advice and prayerful thoughts. Let`s all reach out to all, irrespective of faith, or church, our political alignment. We are all Dominicans who love our Dominica and show respect our parents, friends, Priests, Pastors, Bishops, Lay Ministers, Families, the Sick and infirmed, our enemies, those in vagrancy, infirmed and hungry etc and all of our people not mentioned, but we respect and pray for all. Apres Bondie ce Later. Amen
      Isle of Beauty, Isle of Splendour. Thank you God! Merci Papa Bondie.

      • eifile
        March 1, 2020

        view congrats,i did not know you had it in you well done. your answer to the rest should be, only the catholic religion produce centuriums. Chosen few.

  5. ??
    February 27, 2020

    It’s all about respect for those who would like to observe it. No one is forcing anyone to observe lent if they don’t wont to. There are 365 days in the year and every day should not be a bacanal. Lets show some respect and lower the music for the next 40 day.

    • viewsexpressed
      February 28, 2020

      ??, Happy Playful season, and I concur and support your message above.
      You are o right when you penned th following:
      “It’s all about respect for those who would like to observe it. No one is forcing anyone to observe lent if they don’t wont to. There are 365 days in the year and every day should not be a bachannal. Lets show some respect and lower the music for the next 40 day.” W must take some time away from other matters to reflect upon ourselves, our families, children, friends, those sick, in prison, invalid, the Government (who needs guidance), the UWP Opposition who are decent, focussed on our people, strong in monitoring this government of Dominica on our behalf, just as Christ monitored his disciplined disciplines that they performed well as they visited the sick, infirmed and hungry.
      I honestly had to repeat this verse. Short, to the point, accommodating and prayerful. Thanks much and Enjoy this religious period. Gods continued guidance and prayer to all Dominicans…

  6. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    February 27, 2020

    Man shut up, and stop talking crap, you tool of Satan the devil!

    There is no such thing as lent where it pertains to God Jehovah, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit (Ghost).

    There is no such term in the Bible, neither the Roman Catholic nor the Protestant Bible!To prove me a liar, quote me a single scripture in the Bible where the word lent, and Carnival are found.

    That is a false teaching instigated by the devil among other paganistic doctrine your papa “pope” have clowns like you teach to the brainwashed  literates who follow the rubbish you preach!

    Your reward will be great and severe, in the pit of hell; you had better repent (change your mind), and preach the word of God; save your soul from hell!

    You cannot preach pope doctrines and then think you are making a mockery of the work of God.

    Shut up, what the hell is lent; there is no such thing!

    • viewsexpressed
      February 29, 2020

      Fet, just like some people in certain organisations annually come together as a group, they feast on that occasion where all come together to meet, sing etc and enjoy each others company with some level of decency and respect. Just as the Rasta has their own worship and celebration. These people therefore have that right to participate and enjoy their own ceremony. Much respect.
      Lent therefore is a period of 40 days which comes before Easter in the Christian Calendar. That is our Right, so much respect. Furthermore, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebration of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ`s sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. It is an opportune time to reflect on what it means to be a follower of Christ.
      In commemoration of the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert, according to Matthew, Mark and Luke before beginning his ministry.
      Amen. Praise God.

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        March 2, 2020

        Indeed people do have a right to serve the devil if they wish; nevertheless; where it pertains to a false doctrine perpetrated by a false religion, people like me also reserve my rights to speak out and condemned the false doctrines as taught by Malzaire and his kind!

        I known that God is not depending on me to defend him, because he have a way of dealing with those who misrepresent him; nevertheless the innocent must know the truth; how will they know the truth unless they read the bible for themselves, or read comments such as Elizabeth and I wrote?

        The first comment written on the subject; one wrote:

        “Please your Lordship, please forgive them for they know not what they say. Please do not shake your gown on them and I will donate funds to our Cathedral.”

        You see this crap about shaking gown on people, that is an old brainwashing tactics the catholic priest used on Dominicans to keep them in subjection and fear!

    • Me
      February 29, 2020

      Lent, the correct past tense of loan (instead of the incorrect loaned, its incorrect
      bastard version commonly used in the U.S.A.).

    • February 29, 2020

      “you had better repent (change your mind)”

      Telemaque, change his mind from what to what? And where in the bible did you read that repentance pertaining to the start of a “faithful and sincere” relationship with God is the simple act of your “change of mind”?

      People change their minds for all sorts of reasons; that mentality is the norm of the day; how can you compare that mentality with the “ordinance” to God which is also called repentance?

      While you are castigating the bishop’s work, yours is nothing better than his, pertaining to God. I agree that the Catholic Church is grounded on the works of religion, but at least the bishop may have a greater sense of the Spirit than you do; for the spirit in you, would not allow you to respond to him so rudely; or did you “change your mind” from that command?.

      DNO, have you stopped posting my comments? I am missing a few comments on your comment board, which I posted on Thursday, February 26; I am just wondering.

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  7. Bwa-Banday
    February 27, 2020

    Mr.Malzaire, you have become irrelvent and a symbol of “devilish practices accomodation” in Dca. Most of us catholics have lost confidence in your ability to lead or bring back the flock to its rightful place after you took the proverbial 30 pieces of silver (so to speak- money for cathedral repair from the SLP led government). You stayed and continue to stay moo-moo when a nation of at least 80% catholic is being wooded by a one man cabinet. Bro, time for you to go to whereever else the church thinks you will become relevant. I will only step feet in a catholic church for weddings and funerals. No christenings because that is adding to your misguided flock.

    • viewsexpressed
      February 28, 2020

      Bwa-Banday, this is a despicable message yo have penned there. We are all part of the church and we have our role to play, just as we pay taxes to the state that our government use towards the development and sustenance of our island. So we play that role in government and not left only to the government.
      You, I, your family, friends should be very active in our Church. It does not belong to the Religious Preaches but to us to participate, accommodate, reflect, pray and talk to our God. Like our parents (you and I) they give us guidance and we show respect, but as humans we all have our own weaknesses to deal with.
      You cannot, must not stay away from the church and its worship and uselessly caste sin or dirty words at another. That is not Christian like. Our churches and places of worship belongs to us the congregation and not the Priests, Bishops or pastors, and all of those that I do respect because we are all the children of God. Becareful of your thoughts. Gods Guidance,…

      • Bwa-Banday
        February 29, 2020

        Thanks for the “god’s guidance” wish. However, the bishop is a man just like me/ you and is NO god my friend. He eats, sleeps, sheets and even put his pants on one leg at a time. I can tell you and all those reading that in my view he is tainted and will NOT recover. STOP making Malzaire believe he is doing a good job because he has failed catholics in Dca. TIME TO GO!

        I am catholic and will always be but will no longer respect this bishop. I remain steadfast in my view that he MUST go for the church to rebuild and be the unified force it once was under Bishop Boghart deceased. Even his own priests are praying for him to be removed.

  8. So-go-fly
    February 27, 2020

    Lent is useless if you and some priests keep supporting and partaking in the evils of Skerrit.

  9. Jesus Saves
    February 27, 2020

    Lent has no purpose if you plan to go carnival next year.

    • Alas
      February 27, 2020

      Absolute rubbish. You hypocrites, sin is not only what is done in public. It is unfairness, knowing you are in position you did not work for, lying about people, fornication and other immoral sexual acts and the list of secret sins goes on. Be guided though, it may be secret to man but God sees and knows all.

  10. Disappointed Catholic
    February 27, 2020

    I am Catholic but I cannot take anything Bishop Malzaire says. He is not inspiring, he has lost his respect, many of us don’t attend church because of Bishop Malzaire, most of us see him as one of the most religious tool of Skerrit, to help destroy our country. Right now for the good of Dominica and the Catholic Church here, Bishop Malzaire should pack his bag and go back to St. Lucia from where he came.

    • viewsexpressed
      February 28, 2020

      A real disappointing thought. Have yo not heard that where your brother is weak, you offer him Strength. The Church does not belong to Bishop Malzaire, it belongs to all of us. If there are issues you have that affect the operations of the church, go talk to a lay minister, the bishop himself, and do not always go on DNO to pontificate. Go see the priest and Bishop request for an audience and talk to them, say what bothers you, because what you have just point here, does not help to address your concern and how you feel. Be a man, go express yourself with this high level of decency, etiquette and respect. That is what makes you a religious man.
      I recall growing up as a catholic and I am still one, that people in my area always laugh at the Pastors and people who are not catholic, worship other churches. Our parents and families disciplined us to respect all as we worship the same God but in a different house. Christ suffered and sacrificed for us, be that person to accommodate all.

      • Bwa-Banday
        February 28, 2020

        Man get real! Malzaire is a political stooge for Skerro and it time for him to pack up and go. The sooner he leaves the better because I for one will NEVER put my catholic feet in any Roman Catholic Church as long as Malzaire is bishop of Roseau.

      • Pipoc
        February 29, 2020

        But Views I don’t understand you. Why should the church and the bishop be out of bounds for criticism on DNO when you do exactly that on every occasion as far asSkerrit is concerned? Don’t get me wrong partner, I do not approve of Skerrit either, he is bad for our country but like Skerrit is not infallible I do not think the Catholic Church, my church is not either and nor are its leaders. The Catholic Church is one of the least democratic institutions I know. They don’t have elections for a start and we are right to question them in public too.

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