We are now approaching the end of the Lenten Season with Holy Week, and beginning the 50 days of the Easter Season. Christ sacrifice on the cross is the ultimate act of love toward mankind, and the main reason for the practice of our Catholic and Christian faiths. The word Lent means “Spring” and represents the annual renewal of our faith, in a 40-day period of reflection, prayer, penance, fasting, and strengthening of a person’s faith. I find it a wonderful time of ongoing conversion to help with my commitment to live the Christian life.
Here in Charlottesville, 1500 Catholics, Christians, Jews, and Muslims all came together on March 26th to advocate for social justice. Our local IMPACT (Interfaith Movement Promoting Action by Congregations Together) group came together to ask our local governments to to work together toward the issues of better mental health and improving unemployment among young adults. Catholics are called to help those who are poor, disabled, and marginalized. I pray that we will have an impact to help these people in our community.
I would like to share a number of great Catholic resources dealing with this Lenten Season and Holy Week:
Father Greg Friedman from Franciscan Media offers good insight to the meaning of walking the Lenten Path:
Busted Halo video explaining Ash Wednesday and Lent in two minutes:
Father Robert Barron has posted an insightful video about the meaning of Palm Sunday:
Busted Halo posted a good video explaining Holy Week in two minutes:
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, shares a Holy Week and Easter Blessing:
My parish, Church of the Incarnation, will be having a LIVE Stations of the Cross, this Good Friday at 3pm. This is an elaborate production of the Passion of the Christ performed by our Latino community and all are welcome to come and experience this moving presentation of the 14 Stations of the Cross.
I hope everyone has a Blessed Holy Week and Happy Easter Season, and may God Bless us in these difficult times.
Pax Et Bonum,
IMPACT (Interfaith Movement Promoting Action by Congregations Together)