Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The Gospel for today takes a look at two powerful gifts that we all have. Our words and our hearts. It tells us that our words reveal what’s in our hearts. That should challenge us to nurture hearts that are clean. That is, our lives are to be free of malice, envy, selfishness etc. and full of love. The Gospel should move us to constantly cleanse our lives of all that damages our relationship with God, our family and others.
When we have clean hearts, when we live good lives, our very words will reveal to others that we are indeed Christians. However, we aren’t meant to stop there. We are to, though our words and example, help each other to clean up where things are unclean. Note though, that we are to do so by first dealing with ourselves. Then we will be able to help others to do the same.
The best time to take up this challenge is the fast approaching season of Lent. This starts on Ash Wednesday 6th March. This is the time for us to clean up our act and then assist others to do the same. Please I beg us, take Lent seriously so that our personal and church family may come to celebrate the joys of Easter on 21st April 2019.
Please choose at least two of the following for your Lenten practice:
- Pray at least one decade of the Rosary at least once a week with or for your family.
- Attend the Parish Mission at Sacred Heart every Wednesday evening at 6:00pm./ Attend Stations of the Cross and Mass at Our Lady of the Rosary every Friday 6:30pm.
- Avoid destructive talk about another person, especially a family member, neighbor, co-worker or neighbor.
- Each week make a sacrificial effort to visit or contact a family member you have not been in contact with.
- Take ten minutes each week to examine how you are fulfilling your Lenten commitment. If you fail at any time you are to put aside $10.00 each time. That money is to be handed in on Holy Thursday or Good Friday for the poor.
May God Bless you.
Fr. Clement Paul,