Lent provides us with a new opportunity to grow in our spiritual journey with God. I write to wish you a very fruitful Lent drawing closer to God and experiencing a new awareness of his presence in the beauty of his creation.
The beginning of Lent reminds us that the days of nature are lengthening and the first shoots of Spring are emerging from the Earth. As new life is emerging in creation, we are asked by the Church to awaken our lives anew to the life-giving Holy Spirit.
The original intention for Lent was to offer Catechesis to those wishing to become Christians, known as catechumens. Instruction in the Faith was given mainly through explaining the Scriptures in the light of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. In recent times the Church has encouraged us to use Lent as a time to nourish our faith on the Word of God. We are urged to read and reflect on the daily scripture readings and allow the Holy Spirit to reveal God's will in our lives.
May I invite our Community to feast on the food of God's Word during this season of Lent. Just as a healthy diet is a good recipe to a healthy wellbeing so may a good diet of God's Word make us joy- filled Christians, contented and at peace with one another. Pope Francis writes with such inspiration on the power of God's Word to transform our lives. May we experience the joy of the Gospel as a new springtime for our lives and especially the lives of those who feel lost, unloved and without hope.
May God walk with you this Lent and help you to discover the beauty of his holiness
Canon David Ryan
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