On Ash Wednesday we begin our journey of penitence as we place the ashes on our heads and listen to the call to be faithful to the Gospel. In a packed program over the next six weeks we will give up things and we will take up other more lasting things. Lent is the time when we take the road of faith in a special way as we go to daily Mass or perhaps we might travel the Way of the Cross but there are so many other opportunities for us to observe a holy Lent.. It is also a time when we give up things in order to renew our spiritual selves. There are so many opportunities to give up and take up things to renew our lives there are also chances to give alms to other people through Trocaire and other Church agencies. Lent is a time to change that spiritual staleness that we sometimes find within ourselves! Though we live in the world and are of the world we need to remember that all of us Christians who have to deal with and live in the world should not become engrossed in it as the world and its inhabitants have taken many good people down the wrong road.
The 40 days of Lent are a good time to start a renewal within ourselves it is the time to banish the tedium that is within our lives of faith and try and do that wee bit more. 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.