St. John Neumann Parish


Lent 2018

Every Lent the Church invites us to the three traditional practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. It is a season for increased efforts in conversation with God and being with Him in silence and worship.

In our busy world, prayer provides us with an opportunity to reflect upon our patterns and habits, and offers us a very special opportunity to grow in our relationship with God and to deepen our commitment to a way of life, rooted in our baptism.


Fasting is like a spiritual workout. We train ourselves to make small sacrifices and resist small temptations, so that we will be prepared when ourlife circumstances demand that wemake bigger sacrifices and resist more difficult temptations. The Church in her wisdom, over centuries, developed this season of fasting in preparation for a season of feasting.


Giving alms to the poor is one of the most concrete ways of fraternal charity. During Lent, we are asked to focus more intently on almsgiving, which means donating money or goods to the poor and performing other acts of charity. The hope with almsgiving is that we will learn to be generous and more trusting and dependent on God to meet our needs rather than providing just for ourselves.

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