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A FEW THOUGHTS ON LENT
May I remind all of the following regarding the season of Lent:
a. Abstinence: All the faithful who have reached 14 years of age and above are required to abstain totally from meat or favourite dish or drink on Ash Wednesday (1st of March) and Good Friday (April 14th) and all the Fridays of Lent.
b. Fasting: All the faithful between the ages of 18 and that have not reached 60 years of age are bound to fast. This practice involves limiting oneself to a single full meal or two smaller meals as the case may be. Those who are sick, pregnant or nursing or whose health would adversely be affected by fasting should not consider themselves bound by these norms.
c. Parents and teachers are responsible to see that young persons, who are not bound to the above requirement, are educated in an authentic sense of penance. Also, we are called to pray fervently for those catechumens and candidates who will receive the sacraments during these period.
Below are other ways we can gracefully observe this period of Lent.
i. Avoid All Sin: Keep yourself away from all occasion of sin. Repent and return to God by a good sacramental confession and do appropriate penance.
ii. Practice self-control, be more generous especially in giving to the poor and needy and contributing to the works of the church, remission of debts and payment of just wages.
iii. Pursue and achieve reconciliation with anyone with whom you are not at peace.
iv. Read the scriptures in order to deepen your intimacy with God, spread the kingdom of Christ and help others to know and return to Christ.
v. Pray before the Blessed Sacrament, go to Mass often, if possible daily.
vi. Be regular at the stations of the cross on Wednesdays and Fridays and do it every day if you can.
vii. Take part in the Lenten programmes and retreats that will be organised in your parish. Take full part in the Holy week ceremonies.
viii. Pray your Rosary daily.
Bear in mind that all other Fridays of the year remain as days of penance in prayerful remembrance of the passion of Jesus Christ.
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