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A Word from Father Ed…
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Lent begins Wednesday. The gospel for Ash Wednesday is the same every year: Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount, teaches us three ways of his ways of his own piety, namely, prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. May I suggest three ways of exercising these acts of piety during Lent (and beyond).
Prayer. Make the reading and study of Sacred Scripture a pivotal element of your daily and family prayer. It is easy to do, but beware, doing so is dangerous; doing so will deepen your intimacy with your loved ones. Now that’s scary, isn’t it? Take a dedicated ten minutes (alone or with your spouse or family) simply to read the text. If reading it aloud or reflecting on it with another seems too risky, do in silence. Begin with the Gospel of Mark or any New Testament text. Or start with the Wisdom books of the Old Testament, for example Wisdom; Proverbs; Sirach (also known as Ecclesiastes); the Psalms. The reading and study of Scripture is so important for three reasons. First, Scripture is the Word of God. Talking to God in God’s own language is the best way to hear back what God is saying back. Second, Scripture itself teaches us that God renews us by his word (Heb. 1:3). Third, Jesus himself used Scripture and teaches us to use it to confront the devil and his empty works and promises, including violence, evil, hatred, scapegoating, etc.
Fasting. Fasting is the free deprivation of one’s body of what it needs most for physical growth so as to grow spiritually in the Holy Spirit. Start fasting from that which the body-society says we need most but which in the end is most responsible for depersonalizing us, for destroying human relationships, and even for the continuing breakdown of society itself: screens—computer screens, phones, video games, TV, all of them. (Paradoxically, even as I am writing this letter a commercial has come on television entitled Device Free Dinner.) Start small. For example, keep phones turned off at meals, no screens before work or school or after dinner except for homework, and, most of all, fast from the internet on Sundays. Last time I checked, Sundays still belong to Jesus, not to me, the NFL, or anyone or anything else.
Tithing. Jesus teaches us to give alms and tithe. When one tithes one is giving thanks to God for his providential fatherhood, expressing trust in his loving providence, and contributing to the church’s works of celebrating the sacraments, teaching the faith, and serving one another and the poor. This Lent take the risk to trust God more with your money by tithing. A tithe is not a donation; it is an act of faith that associates us with the sacrifice of Christ and his love for the church. Start small. But commit to tithing that is planned, a priority, percentage-based, and progressive. Start giving electronically. (It is easy to do on our parish web site: www.denvernotredame.org. Or call us. We’ll help you set it up.)
Read the bible; fast from the internet; start tithing—a sure path through the desert of Lent to living happily ever after at Easter and with Christ.
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