Renewing through Lent 2019
The Archdiocese of Adelaide hopes the Lenten reflections below richly promote prayer and renewal. We view our works and ministries through a lens of renewing outlined in the document, In the footsteps of Jesus – eight Gospel pathways: Characteristics of healthy, vibrant, renewing parishes. Whether in parishes, schools or communities, each of us has been called to give fuller, richer, deeper expression to the Gospel.
When we renew our baptismal promises we renew ourselves, the church and the world God loves. May Jesus, who embodies the Gospel, be both our guide and our goal during this Lent.
The season of Lent returns us to the very foundation of our lives – not a set of morals or doctrines, but to a heart continually turning towards Jesus. The spiritual activities of Lent involve practices which shun outward appearances and move beyond vague intentions. Notice how Pope Francis described these practices in terms of opening our eyes and ears but especially our hearts:
Prayer: ‘In the face of so many wounds that hurt us and could harden our hearts, we are called to dive into the sea of prayer, which is the sea of God’s boundless love, to taste his tenderness’.
Fasting: ‘Fasting makes sense if it questions our security and if it also leads to some benefit for others, if it helps us to cultivate the style of the Good Samaritan, who bends down to his brother in need and takes care of him.’
Almsgiving: ‘Gratuitousness should be one of the characteristics of the Christian, who aware of having received everything from God gratuitously, that is, without any merit of his own, learns to give to others freely’ (Pope Francis, Homily, Ash Wednesday 2014).
This Renewing through Lent booklet is a collaboration between the Office for Worship and the Office for Renewing Parishes. For the past two years, parishes, schools and communities have increasingly valued the free Lenten resources as a means of promoting individual and group reflection. Requests for copies have also come from Malaysia, remote communities in WA and parishes in country Victoria.
Please download a viewable version of the Lenten Reflection booklet below.