Saturday, March 23, 2013

Fr. Chuck's Column, Sunday, March 24

We are now into the last week of Lent. Where did the time go? How did it slip by so fast?

And how did your Lent go? Did you accomplish what you intended to do in Lent? Did you lose 10 pounds? Did you become a more patient person? Did you pray the rosary daily? Did you get to weekday Mass at least once a week? Did you grow in holiness? Did you avoid chocolate in all its forms during Lent?

If you have followed your Lenten resolutions faithfully and fully, then more power to you. I am in awe of your will power. You are truly on the way to holiness and sainthood!

But if you experienced some setback in your Lenten resolves and perhaps slacked off a bit (or a lot) during the long weeks of Lent, if you found your temper not so amenable to correction  or could not resist every piece of chocolate or just plain gave into temptation, do not despair or worry. There is still time. During this Holy Week resolve to double your efforts and close in on the goal. While 40 days may be a long haul for observing penitential practicesa little too long and a bit fanaticala week is a much more reasonable and achievable goal. It is doable. And Holy Week is the week to do it!

So pick yourself up and commit to this final week of Lent of really trying to respond to the Lord’s call to repent. Repentance requires penance, and the three classic ways of doing penance are prayer, fasting and alms-giving. There is still time to accomplish all three. Get yourself spiritually ready to celebrate a wonderful Easter this year. Make your own Holy Week truly holy for you.    

God bless,

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