Life has a way of gifting us with many new beginnings and built into the Liturgical Calendar of the Church we have a season, which is about new beginnings, the holy Season of Lent. This word initially simply meant spring (as in the German language Lenz and Dutch lente) and derives from the Germanic root for long because in the spring the days visibly lengthen. And spring is a time of very positive change after the long and dark winter – it is time of light, a time of newness.
And so the next forty days of Lent leading up to Easter provide a wonderful opportunity to take stock of our spiritual life, an opportunity to refocus our spiritual energies centering our life in God.
To assist us in this time of prayer, the Spiritual Life Team is providing you with a series of reflections for each week of Lent. These reflections are simply a tool, an aid to accompany us on our journey. They can provide us an opportunity to share moments of reflection or private meditation.
We sincerely hope that you will take time each day of Lent to remember who we are in the sight of God, creatures fashioned in God’s image and likeness. This is what God needs most in our world today, images of God for others. You may be the only Gospel someone will ever read.
As members of NCCA, let us pray that the corporal and spiritual works of mercy will always be evidenced in our love for one another.