The purpose of LENT is to draw us nearer to God, revivifying our desire for union with Him, helping us to desire His Will for us and our own sanctification.
This itself may be a challenge for some of us who fear that God's Will will hurt us. Lent then, is a good time to remember that God's Will is LOVE and MERCY itself. God's Will is never to hurt us, but to love us and protect us. To desire His will to be done in us then, is to desire to be pleasing to Him, to desire holiness and to draw nearer to him. To surrender our will to His Will is to imitate the FIAT of Mary, Joseph and all the Saints who did just the same and earned their crown of glory.
Life is busy and challenging at times which makes our good purposes to pray, to go to Mass, to better ourselves as individuals and as Christians, a difficult path to stick to. Lent is a great moment to set out afresh on this road. That's the point of Lent.
Confession is the very best preparation for Lent. You'll grow so much more spiritually if you begin Lent with Confession rather than waiting until the parish penitential service. So, why not to go to Confession next Saturday and start afresh? Then, as you journey towards Holy week listen to Jesus who speaks to your heart full of love and desire for you!
Prayer, fasting and alms giving are the Church's guidelines as preparation. If you find this difficult to fit in your busy family and working life, why don't you try just saying 'JESUS I LOVE YOU' as often as you can throughout the day? Jesus doesn't expect heroic efforts from us all. But he wants to draw us closer to us little by little, at our own pace, and let us know that his love is gentle and that it endures forever.
Finally, let us remember that Jesus fell three times on his way to Calvary and each time he got up again and continued his journey. Let us do the same if we stumble on our way to Holy Week!
‘Mary teach us to say Yes to the Lord every moment of our lives.
Mary teach us to say Thanks to the Lord every moment of our lives.’
CONSECRATION OF OUR PARISH TO OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM
Bishop Alan blessed the
statue of Our Lady of Walsingham
donated by Tom McInally’s family
on his memory.
Over 70 parishioners from our three mass centres enjoyed a convivial time in the garden with burgers and sausages provided by Blackwell’s Farm shop and delicious salads and puddings produced by our talented and generous parishioners.
Wine, beer and soft drinks were a joyful accompaniment to a sunbathed afternoon
Our thanks to Blackwell’s Farm Shop
from Coggeshall, who donated the BBQ meat and bread.
Their professionalism made it a very special occasion for us!