Sunday, February 3, 2008

Your Sunday Catholic Homily - Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

From the Desk of Father Mark - Your Sunday Catholic Homily Minute

My Dear People,

Friday Fastings Are Still Required?

Lent is a holy time of purification. This Wednesday marks the beginning of the forty day of journeying in the desert with Our Lord. As a faith community, we walk together with Jesus towards Calvary. One outward sign of our unity in this journey, is our fasting and abstinence. We fast from our sin. We abstain from what we do not really need. The Church still requires abstinence from meat on ALL Fridays of the year, unless you choose to work at a soup kitchen, collect clothes for the poor, or perform some otheract of MERCY. During Lent, this is not an option.

No meat is allowed on any Friday during Lent, on Ash Wednesday, or on Good Friday. On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, we do not eat in between meals as well. These are simple gestures of our love for Jesus. We perform these acts of penance to increase our charity. Choose wisely your penance this week. Make it a penance that will allow you to love God and neighbor. In doing so, all of us will draw closer in our walk with the Lord. May we faithfully follow Jesus, wherever and whenever He calls us during Lent this year.

Entrusting you to the care of Our Lady,

Fr. Mark

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