Here are some simple suggestions anyone can put into practice to make their Lent more fruitful.
Catholicism is a most excellent, healthy and fulfilling way of life. It is the way to happiness in Christ. Let us not forget that Christ died for his Church in order for his words of truth and sacraments of life to be passed on to all future generations, which makes the Church and her words of truth necessary.
How the lenten discipline of fasting opens up the true horizon of life’s meaning, purifying us of unhealthy material attachments and opening the way for the eternal Word to penetrate our hearts.
The season of Lent is penitential in character. Blessed Paul VI teaches in his apostolic constitution Paenitemini that “by divine law all the faithful are required to do penance” (Chapter III, I., 1).
I refer to Ash Wednesday as a Holy Day of INVITATION. An invitation is given from the Holy Spirit, acting through the Church, the Body of Christ, inviting us into forty days of prayer, repentance, fasting, interior house cleaning, conversion and charity. It is a time to begin anew, in the Lord.
Signs of Christ abound all around us. However, the gifts of faith and wisdom are required before we can possess eyes with supernatural vision and hearts filled with supernatural love.
Archbishop Aquila of Denver has released a pastoral letter titled, “The Splendor of Love,” in support of Blessed Paul VI’s teaching in Humanae Vitae upholding an authentic married love which must always remain open to the transmission of new human life.
The attitude of many contemporary Americans is that God is a permissive deity who doesn’t intervene much in their lives. He’s a distant being or power who robotically casts blessings on “nice” people but otherwise is rather uninvolved in their everyday activities. He certainly doesn’t make any real moral demands on people. It’s rather convenient, isn’t it?