A reflection led by Special Character Leader, McKenzie Frear
Ash Wednesday starts a 40 day journey. A journey that opens an opportunity for us to grow closer to God and stronger in our faith. We can do this in many different ways but during this time of Lent 3 powerful ways to grow is though fasting, prayer and alms giving.
Fasting doesn’t need to be something big that everyone needs to know about. It’s meant to be something personal that you can reflect upon with yourself and Jesus. Whether it be not eating lollies during the week, cutting down on how much time you spend watching Netflix or even not playing video games. Just something personal that you can challenge yourself with.
Lent is the perfect time to start exploring new ways to pray. Reciting a prayer every now and then without thinking too much about it doesn’t have the same significance as a few minutes spent in adoration. Having a faith and praying means being able to talking to Jesus and trusting in him. Sharing with him your thoughts and feelings though vocal prayer, meditation or silent intentions.
As Catholics, alms giving is part of what we are called to do with our lives. It is part of who we are. It is our responsibility to help and support those who are in need. Giving to charity through donations and being giving of your time is a great way to serve and be a support for our neighbours. So this Lent I challenge you to explore the true potential of what Lent can mean for you. Find your faith, go out and whole heatedly search for it. This lent can be the start of a new chapter in your story of faith.
McKenzie shared a poem about Lent written by Ann Weems called “Lenten Poem”
“Lent is a time to take time to let the power of our faith story take hold of us, a time to let the events get up and walk around in us, a time to intensify our living unto Christ, a time to hover over the thoughts of our hearts, a time to place our feet in the streets of Jerusalem or to walk along the sea and listen to his Word, a time to touch his robe and feel the healing surge through us, a time to ponder and a time to wonder…. Lent is a time to allow a fresh new taste of God!”