Whoever loves me will keep my word, says the Lord;
and my Father will love him
and we will come to him. (Jn 14:23)
We are called to keep the Lord’s word, to remain faithful to Jesus. Doing so is the challenge entrusted to anyone who calls himself Christian.
Tomorrow, we begin the holy season of Lent. People often give up things for Lent as a way to sacrifice for the Lord. They also often add some positive actions during the season such as visiting the sick, caring for the needy, et cetera. You might want to spend some time today thinking about what you can do during Lent.
During Lent, the faithful are also held to fast and abstinence on certain days. To help you prepare, I remind you of the rules of fast and abstinence here.
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of Fast and Abstinence.
Fast: Allows for only one full meal to be taken during the day. Two smaller meals are permitted, if necessary, to maintain strength according to one’s needs. Eating solid foods between meals is not permitted. Fasting is to be observed by all Catholics who are 18 years of age through to those who have not yet celebrated their 59th birthday.
Fridays of Lent are Days of Abstinence
Abstinence: The practice of refraining from meat and meat products. Abstinence is to be practiced by all who are 14 years of age and older.
Prepare to enter the season as completely as possible, giving yourself over to the Lord.
FAITH ACTION: Make some resolutions for yourself on how you will spend the Lenten season.