As the season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, Bishop of the Diocese of Roseau, His Lordship Gabriel Malzaire, has called on members of the Catholic community to take stock of their sins.
In a statement, he said the beginning of the 40 days journey with Jesus should be used by Catholics to reflect on their lives and relationship with God.
“Lent calls us to something specific, what it calls us to do is to reflect on the passion and the death of Jesus which is essentially to help us reflect on the cost of our sins, what our sins cause…,” he said. “Sin affects us, some lead us to hell. Lent is a time which causes us to take stock of that and to see how we can better the world in which we live.”
According to Bishop Malzaire Lent is also a time of renewal and conversion, pointing out, “We live in a world of tremendous division, we live in a world of tremendous pain, disunity, hatred, anger, jealousy, all the sins we can think of.”
The Lenten season is a period which lasts for six and a half weeks and traditional churches use it as 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.