Today we begin the First Sunday of Lent and throughout the Diocese of San Jose Parishes, including St. Lucy, will be sending their Elect to our Cathedral Parish of St. Joseph to be enrolled by our Bishop Patrick on their journey towards full communion with the Catholic Church. This is an exciting and wondrous blessing both for our local parish but the Universal Church as well.
For our brothers and sisters preparing for their Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion, this is a time of deep and profound prayer and preparation for the gift they will receive at the Easter Vigil. Their preparation should echo our readiness for the Easter season through the Lenten discipline of fasting, prayer and almsgiving. It is something that every Christian should take very seriously in their spiritual life.
The team of parish staff and parishioners walk with the Elect in drawing deeply on the love of God and neighbor in discovering the face of Jesus Christ in their lives. We too, should be walking with our brothers and sisters in faith as we delve deeper into the spiritual journey God calls us to live. If our Lenten discipline does not lead us in this direction, then we should re-evaluate what we have chosen to do and step in a different direction.
It is a challenge that we should all embrace…Do I love God, my spouse, my children, parents and friends or strangers in a deeper and profound way? If not…what’s the point?
Our stewardship of God’s blessings and our response of generosity in the time, talent and treasure we share should reflect our fasting, prayer and almsgiving of Lent. Our goal is a prayer life that fills our hearts and flows into all our relationships, works and pleasures in life.
We continue with “Renewed in the Light” our parish Capital Campaign. My prayers continue to be with all parishioners, those who have pledge and those in the process of prayerful discernment. Please join me and others in this work of sacrificial love.
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