DON’T JUST GIVE UP CHOCOLATE

LENT, the word means springtime! It can be viewed as a spiritual spring cleaning: a time for taking spiritual inventory and then cleaning out those things that hinder our personal relationship with Jesus Christ
and our service to him. The purpose of Lent is to be a season of fasting, Christian growth, penitence, conversion, and simplicity.  Thus, it is fitting that the season of Lent begins with a symbol of repentance: lacing ashes mixed with oil on one’s forehead. However, we must remember that our Lenten disciplines are to ultimately transform our entire person: body, soul, and spirit. Our Lenten disciplines are to help us become more like Jesus.  So that this Lent can truly be a springtime in your life, let me ask you, “What are you doing this Lent to deepen your relationship and become more like Jesus?”   Matthew Kelly of Dynamic Catholic suggests that we don’t give up chocolate this Lenten season, but that we push ourselves one step further and subscribe to a daily inspirational email. You can do that by going to DynamicCatholic.com/Lent17.  Certainly, signing up for this email would be a good start, but if you are looking to go deeper with Jesus, and I pray that you are, I suggest joining a Small Group for this 6 week Lenten period. I am convinced that small groups are the best way to grow in your faith, to gain knowledge of God’s holy Word and to feel the love, support and fellowship of other Christians traveling this Journey of Faith.  You can join a small group by filling out a card in the pew this weekend, or by contacting our Outreach Minister, Rick Rhodes, by phone, text at 270-302-6982, or by email at ricksjpc@yahoo.com.
I pray that you prayerfully consider being part of a small group this Lenten season and that together with other parishioners, this will be your BEST LENT EVER.
~ Fr. Carl McCarthy