Our Lenten Journey begins today!

Our Lenten Journey begins Lent is a season of renewal.  The word comes from an old English word for spring, and throughout the season of Lent we are called to open ouirselves to grace, conversion and the renewal of our commitment to Christ in his Church.  In Lent we, like the prodigal son come to our senses.  We come to our moral senses through repentance and we sharpen our senses by conversion.
When we celebrate the liturgy we wear the colour purple.  Purple is the colour of mourning and anticipates the pain of crucifixion.  It is the colour of royalty and reminds us that we are a priestly people called to worship.  It is the colour of protest against the values of the world.
During Lent there are no flowers in Church, the music is more solemn and sombre, so that we can focus more clearly on the inner journey that we make in our hearts.
The Gospel of Ash Wednesday, about not letting your right hand know what your left hand is doing, helps us to focus on the three traditional practices of Lent: Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving.  Take time this Lent to reflect on how you will intensify your prayer this Lent, how you will open yourself more fully to God’s Spirit by fasting or giving up something that draws you away from God, how you will make a acontribution to the poor, the sick and the needy of the world.