FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK
This month we will begin the season of Lent on Wednesday, February 17th, which is Ash Wednesday. So I begin with the words of Invitation to Lent to everyone: “I invite you, therefore, to the discipline of Lent – self-examination and repentance, prayer and fasting, sacrificial giving and works of love – strengthened by the gifts of word and sacrament.”
As a place of spiritual formation and value development, the Church is an ideal place for people to learn how faith and health connect. The Lenten season is the time to reflect and act on personal stewardship of spiritual health. Spiritual health is central to all dimensions of personhood; therefore, all dimensions of health as well. If we allow faith to be the catalyst for spiritual growth and change, we will discover that Church is “health promotion” at its best. If you have not found the change of heart and mind that comes from the heart-felt realization and acceptance of God’s love through the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus Christ, then let this Lenten season be a time of enlightenment. God is reaching out to each and everyone of us…take his hand. Let him guide you into a renewal of your faith and spirit. Saying, “Yes, Lord” will be the healthiest step you have ever taken.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalms 15:10