As the season of Lent begins Bishop of the Diocese of Roseau, His Lordship Gabriel Malzaire, is calling on all to get a deeper appreciation of their baptism and ongoing conversion.
“The season of Lent is one of the privilege seasons of the church year,” he said. “It is a time to get a deeper appreciation of our baptism and the importance of ongoing conversion, a time of renewed prayer, fasting, and works of charity and reconciliation.”
Bishop Malzaire also mentioned that there will also be the church’s annual Lenten retreat and the launch of the program, “Catholics Come Home.”
“Let us all make a concerted effort to find those of our members who have distanced themselves from the church and invite them to return to the church of their baptism,” he said.
He urged all to use the opportunity to “pray for our own conversion, that of our families, our communities and our nation.”
The Lenten season is a time set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ – his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection.
That period lasts for six and a half weeks and is a reminder of the forty days and forty nights that Jesus spent in the desert.
During that time, the Church spends time in fasting, prayer, deep reflection, giving alms in preparation for Easter, which is the celebration of the resurrection of Christ.