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March 1, 2020 - 1st Sunday of Lent

Dear Friends in Christ:

And so it began. The forty days of Lent began this past Wednesday! How is it going? Every year on Ash Wednesday I hear the same old statements from family and friends telling me their goals for Lent. Sadly, these statements are often not about real change.

As the ashes were placed on our foreheads we were told “Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” Repent comes from the Greek word metanoia which means “a change of mind.” Lent is a time to make that deliberate decision to turn our lives around and go in the opposite direction, specifically, to turn back toward God. As one of the Prefaces of Lent says “through bodily fasting you restrain our faults, raise up our minds, and bestow both virtue and its rewards, through Christ our Lord.” That is what Lent is really meant to be about.

As I said, family and friends are often eager to share with me what they are “giving up” for Lent, but these are often using Lent as a kick-starter for some diet or new regimen. More often tha