Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Tomorrow Christians across the world celebrate Ash Wednesday, embarking on our 40-day journey of the Lenten season. Traditionally a time of prayer and repentance, Lent also calls each of us to a deeper reflection on our own imperfect humanity as we acknowledge our need for conversion and God’s mercy. At the same time, we prepare ourselves to experience the joy and hope of the Risen Lord on Easter Sunday.
With this short message I have also included a link to Pope Francis’ Lenten message. The Holy Father reflects on the meaning of Lent and invites believers everywhere to a journey that leads us to healing, wholeness and recognition of the mystery of Jesus’ life and sacrifice for our redemption. Quoting Galatians 6, Francis challenges us with the words of St. Paul, “…while we have the opportunity, let us do good to all.” Let that be our Lenten commitment—in the small but sometimes powerful ways let us each work to do good to those we encounter on this Lenten journey.
In a special way, the Holy Father has asked us to pray on this Ash Wednesday for an end to the violence and war in Ukraine. Let us join our voices in prayer for a peaceful solution and an end to the mindless violence that is claiming too many lives and causing immeasurable suffering for so many. May the days of Lent lead us to peace and offer the people of Ukraine an Easter of healing and hope.
Please take some time to read and reflect on the Holy Father’s Lenten message. Know that you are in my prayers as, together, we walk the days of Lent to the bright promise of Easter joy and renewal. God’s blessings to you.
Sincerely in Viator and Querbes,
Robert M. Egan, CSV