Here we are once again at the beginning of the holy season of Lent. It seems like yesterday when we began our observances of this Holy Season with the Ashes and the words repent and believe in the Gospel for Lent 2014.  But here we are on the ongoing circle of the year and have arrived at Ash Wednesday. In a packed programme over the next six weeks we will give up things and we will take up things. I like to think of Lent as a time when we take up things such as the daily Mass we have mass at 7.30am each weekday or perhaps we might travel the road of the Way of the Cross. It is also a time when we give up things in order to renew our spiritual lives. There are so many opportunities to give up and take up things to renew our spirit there are also chances to give alms to other people through Trocaire and other agencies. 

A few days ago I spoke in this blog about many who are disheartened by what they see within the Church of recent times Young and Old sense what seems to be the tedium and a staleness about our religion and our practice of our faith. Lent is a time to change that within ourselves! Though we live in the world and are of the world we need to remember that all of us who have to deal with and live in the world should not become engrossed in it as the world and its life has taken many people including at times you and me  down the wrong road and that road  leads one  away from god and his ways. Lent then is a good time to start a renewal within ourselves and our Church and it is a time to banish the tedium and staleness within our lives of faith.  When we come to Palm Sunday we will be able to sing Hosanna with renewed heart and mind  and then during Holy Week and Easter we will truly be able to celebrate the great things that God has done for us and is doing in our lives.


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