“Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty….”  Pope Francis

For Catholics, abstinence from meat is required on Ash Wednesday and Fridays during the Lenten season.   We forget at times that the goal of fasting is to put us in union with God.  

An old friend of mine usually drinks 4 to 5 cups of coffee a day. Not the healthiest thing in the world, but he does put in a handful of working hours a week and relies on the caffeine to get him through the day. Coffee is part of his daily routine and he wouldn’t have it any other way except during LENT.  He then sacrifices his daily love of coffee — some may say an addiction — for 40 days starting on Ash Wednesday leading up to Easter.

Besides fasting, many people choose to sacrifice from something they enjoy like shopping or challenging themselves to being more generous, giving or tolerant.  Another sacrifice may be spending less time using social media, for instance, not logging on to your Twitter or Facebook account, or not using your iPad or iPhone.  Perhaps try not texting.  Whatever you decide to give up for this Lenten season, don’t forget that God gave up and sacrificed his only Son for us.

Available through Learn360, Lenten Reflection videos from  Father John Cush explain and answer questions about Lent and Easter.  These videos are right to the point, short in duration, and a great learning tool for ALL ages.  Watch ALL 10 videos!   Check out our video spotlight on our website http://www.ctnbq.org for a preview of these videos.

40 Days
Ashes on the Forehead
Origin of Ashes
Roots of Holy Oil
Fasting in the Bible
Using Palms
Washing Feet on Holy Thursday
Kissing the Cross
Scriptures in Vigil

March 12, 2014