Motto for the Year 2016
"The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him"
Dearly Beloved in Christ,
Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
It is our hope that the Lenten season will help us to be able to provide our lives as truly-devoted followers of Christ. Lent is a time to remember our sins and shortcomings and to confess those. Jesus handled sinfulness better than we typically do. In those days we have to judge ourselves in our day today lives. God sees all of us. God sees our goodness and badness – we can’t keep secrets from God. God knows best who we are, what we are like. We can’t control what God thinks of us.
The gift of forgiveness is one of the jewels of the Lenten season. The Sacrament of Penance may be celebrated in any season, of course, but Lent is a time when many churches offer communal celebrations of Reconciliation. There is an examination of conscience, and usually there is time for individual confessions with absolution. The service closes with thanksgiving for God’s mercy. During the season of Lent, we renew our relationship with God and one another.
God has granted us a special privilege and gift, a means by which we are able to cleanse and comfort our conscience in confession. It is only natural that we feel bad when we do things that hurt others or wound our relationship with God. God never wants to be separated from us, nor does he want us to be distant from one another. He understands our limitations and our sinfulness. That is why God gave the members of his Church specific ways to repent from sin. Jesus instituted the sacrament of confession so that we can experience God’s abundant mercy and have our relationship with him restored.
Let this Lent be a time when you deepen your awareness of yourselves. God bless you all.
With prayers Dileep achen.