Three Pillars of Lent........
The three pillars of Lent are very concrete: Prayer, Fasting and almsgiving (acts of charity).
Lent is not pietistic pie-in-the-sky-time. It is realistic down-to-earth time. It's about ashes and the Cross. It is about money, food, and how we spend our time. It's about sin and sorrow. It's about life and death.
It seems strange that one of the Prefaces for Lenten Masses thanks God because "each year you give us this joyful season when we prepare to celebrate the Paschal Mystery with mind and heart renewed."
Joyful? This is Lent--a time for giving up the good things in life and getting on our knees and striking our breast.Joyful? Who wrote that Preface? A masochist?
No. A realist. Make this a good Lent and we'll find ourselves happier persons.
The first days of Lent are like starting an exercise programme. We're sore all over, but we also feel invigorated, energized, enlivened....and we feel good about ourselves. Our body is made for this. We're on the right track.
So it is with Lent. Our Lives,without us realising it, can become flat. Lent is a time to take a long look at our life. Our spirit is meant to soar....to experience the grandeur of God.
Spend some quiet time with the Lord!
Prayer brings us back to the path of truth about ourselves and about God; fasting makes us share the reality of so many people who face the anguish of hunger and makes us pay more attention to our neighbor; charity is a blessed occasion to collaborate with God's providence in benefit of His children.(Pope Francis)
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