Fr Frank writes:
My dear friends,
Today is the first Sunday of Lent – a season of preparation for the Queen of Feasts, Easter.
During Lent there is a long tradition of ‘giving up something’ (this is a leftover from the rather more rigorous practice of fasting which was so common in earlier times). In itself ‘giving up something’ is a good practice. If I do without something (sweets? Alcohol?) the inconvenience of it reminds me of why I’m doing it, and that can lead to prayer – which is very healthy! ‘Giving up something’ can lead to good, positive spiritual practice.
Another approach may be to do something extra during Lent. Maybe we could attend Mass more frequently during the week, walk the Stations of the Cross, attend the Churches Together Lent Services, join the Frinton Meditation Group, help out at the Foodbank or at Walton Meals Matters, or become a member of the Care Group. Prayer and serving the community can be good, positive spiritual practice.
Whatever you choose to do, I pray that each and every one of us has a good and holy Lent.
On a personal note, Anne and I will be taking a short break from Tuesday to Friday this week. My thanks to those who will be keeping the liturgical and spiritual life of the parishes going during my absence.
May the God in whom we place our hope, bless you now and always.
In the days of compulsory church parades, a sergeant major marched the men to the Garrison Anglican Church, then became muddled as he yelled: “Roam out the fallen Catholics.”