Lent season for sinners to change hearts, says bishop

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CATHOLIC Bishop Dennis Sullivan says the lent is the season for sinners to seek ways to change their hearts.
“It is a time for spiritual makeover; for renewal; starting again; for cleansing and healing; for new beginnings,” said the eighth bishop of Camden in New Jersey, USA.
“It looks to Easter, to the triumph of the paschal mystery of the Lord, His victorious passing over death to risen life.
“All of which are prefigured in His victory over the Evil One in the doom of the desert and repeated once for all on the Cross and in the Resurrection.”
Lent is also a time to approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Confession, which can strengthen us for victory over the Evil One and stir up the power of the paschal mystery in us.
In this sacrament, the Lord pours His mercy upon us which forgives our sins.
The common question during this season is: “What are you doing for Lent?”
The church suggested abstinence, fasting and almsgiving (charity), which are practices of penance and self-denial.
“Giving something up in order to strengthen our relationship with God. Less of self. More of God,” Bishop Sulivan said.
“Lent is a grace-filled occasion for turning more toward the Lord, for repentance and conversion.
“It is a time for prayer, more prayer, better prayer, personal prayer, liturgical prayer.
“Prayer can turn us away from ourselves toward Him.
“Along with the 40 days of Lent, we look to the 13½ weeks from Ash Wednesday to Pentecost Sunday when the Spirit fell on the members of the church.
“The descent of the Holy Spirit completes the celebration of Christ and turns us whom the Holy Spirit helps into His disciples.
“Becoming missionary disciples of Jesus, who bring others to Him and to His family of believers, the church.”
Bishop Sulivan said lent was a mere 40 days out of the 365 days of the year. – Catholic Star Herald

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