As the nation begins to prepare for the upcoming Easter season His Lordship Bishop Gabriel Malzaire has called on Christians to do so through prayer, fasting and alms giving.
Today, Ash Wednesday, marks the first day of the Lenten Season and a number of Catholics around the world have received ashes. Bishop Malzaire in his Lenten address, reminded individuals that the ashes are received as a sign of “our desire to humble ourselves through repentance.”
“As Christians we use this holy time of year to examine our lives in a deeper way. We are called to reflect on the sacrifice of Christ for our salvation, to repent of our sins and to renew our faith. We are called to take advantage of the sacrament of reconciliation, spend more time in prayer and especially to meditate on the passion of Jesus Christ by following the Stations of the Cross.”
According to the Bishop, Christians should avail themselves for parish Lenten retreats and abstain from some delicacy that they enjoy.
“Our Holy Father, Francis, in his Lenten message focuses on our call to enter into Christ’s poverty. In our turn we are called during this Lenten season to do something to alleviate the poverty of others, physical, emotional or spiritual. The Holy Father affirms that he distrusts any charity that costs nothing and does not hurt.”
He explained further that Lent teaches the meaning of sacrifice for the sake of a greater good.
“Let us all allow ourselves to be taught by the observances of this holy season and thus grow in personal and communal holiness. It is indeed the right time to prepare ourselves for the great evangelization which is ahead: to live up to our pastoral theme, which is: Go and make Disciples”
Lent, which lasts for six and a half weeks, is a reminder of the forty days that Jesus spent in the desert. The Church now spends this forty days fasting, praying and giving alms in preparation for the most important celebration of the Christian liturgical year, EASTER.
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.