A Message from Fr. Jose
The Lenten Season begins with Ash Wednesday. It is the very name that comes from the Jewish practice of doing penance wearing “sackcloth and ashes.” (Jonah 3:5)
The Church instructs us to observe Ash Wednesday and Good Friday as days of full fast and abstinence. The Lenten Season is the period between Wednesday, February 14, and Thursday, March 29. The days represent the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness.
We need to do prayerful fasting and acts of penance during the period of Lent. We need to purify and renew our lives during this period. We need to express our repentance by being reconciled with God through the sacrament of reconciliation asking for forgiveness as we recite in the Our Father.
VALENTINE’S DAY IN LENT:
We begin our Lenten Season this year precisely during the celebration of Valentine’s Day because it is a loving invitation to realize and acknowledge our sinful condition and return to our loving and forgiving Father with true repentance as the Prodigal Son did. Lent reminds us of the authentic, true love that God has for every one of His children. Many people are not happy today, despite having what they have and do what they want. It is never too late to find true love than God himself. He wants you to be happy now in this life and forever. God gives us another opportunity during this season of Lent. You have tried many things, and you’re still not happy. Try to find God in this life and during this time. “The term love is one of the most used, and abused, words in today’s world; it has a vast field of meanings. In this multiplicity of meanings, however, the archetype of love par excellence that emerges is that between a man and a woman, which in ancient Greece the name “Eros.” In the Bible, and above all in the New Testament, the concept of love is rendered more profound, a development expressed by the rejection of the word “Eros” in favor of the term “agape” to express oblate love.” (Caritas Deus Est)
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believe in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
Fr. José J. Vanegas Sch. P