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Lent is a journey that takes us towards the cross

As we begin the the solemn period of Lent, Catholics around the world are planning to use this time to grow and nurture their Faith, in preparation for the Holy Feast of Easter.

Here are some ideas you might like to consider:

  • Set aside a fixed time each day for prayer – this can be brief, but keep it faithfully;
  • In the same brief, regular way, read the scriptures. You might like to read a chapter of a given book every day, or read and reflect on passages such as John 1, Romans 12-14, Matthew 5-7 and John 14-17;
  • Be faithful to Christ’s gospel in word, action and thought;
  • Participate in weekly Lenten services, going to Confession and receiving Holy Communion frequently;
  • Remember that the Holy Father has declared 2016 the Year of Mercy. Be merciful in forgiving those who have offended or hurt you in some way – whether or not they ask for your forgiveness ;
  • Actively practice mercy  – reflect on the suffering of others, and create change that will help take away that suffering;
  • Fast as fully as possible;
  • Give to others, asking nothing in return.

Because, Lent is not only about self-denial, it’s also an opportunity to share with those in material, emotional and spiritual need.

Pope Francis has continually shown us the way; it is not enough, he tells us, simply to pray for the poor – we need to try and find ways to be among them, just as Jesus did in those moments when they needed Him most.

DonateThere are many poor people on the Zulu Mission, who are no strangers to sacrifice … to going without … and to living with none of the modern comforts most of us take for granted. If we cannot be with them in person, we can share with them in spirit – by helping to improve their lives in some small way.

Please consider making a special Lenten offering to help less fortunate people living on the Missions.

Help provide spiritual and physical comfort to those in need – perhaps in the form of a food parcel, loving arms to comfort an orphaned child, nursing care for someone who’s sick or aged, or the chance for a child to go to school.

God bless you and give you all the graces you need to make this a blessed and sacred time for Our Lord and His Church.

And if you would your special intentions included in our monthly mass for Mission friends, please click here.

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