The Cathedral Connection 18 February 2018

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ONCE AGAIN – LENT

 ONCE AGAIN Lent is with us. From a time when the emphasis was on “giving up” and “making sacrifices”, we are now asked to see this graced season as an opportunity to improve ourselves and our relationships by

  • deepening our awareness of what it means to be a Catholic Christian in the 21st century;
  • examining our personal relationship with God, self, others and creation;
  • looking beyond our own needs to help alleviate suffering and hardship elsewhere.

Reaching these goals can be helped by taking time for quiet reflection or meditation and/or joining one of the archdiocesan adult education programmes. The Caritas Lenten initiatives open paths to developing faith and becoming more alert to the ways in which faith can be put into action.

The ash that signals the beginning of Lent is the banner that champions change.  It can make winners of us all.

Fr James

GOING FOR GOLD

Burned palms
Echoes of triumph
Trampled underfoot
Squashed into ash
Useless

Smeared on foreheads
Lifted up for blessing
Hopeful new beginnings
With the sign of the
Cross

Runners on the mark
And forty days ahead
Ash defies the critics
Signalling glory
Going for gold

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