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"...and return to the LORD, your God, For he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love, and relenting in punishment."​

Joel 2:13
Dear Deacon Nguyen,

Forgiveness—we need to both ask for it and offer it without being asked.
The Lenten season is a time to contemplate our shortcomings, to live out that natural progression from repentance to mercy to the glorious freedom of the forgiveness which Christ offers us.

It is also a time to forgive others who have hurt us.

As we work toward reconciliation—through prayer, meditation, Scripture reading and alms-giving—we shed the old garments of guilt, anger and resentment and put on a new robe of compassion.

In the Ash Wednesday Scripture reading, the prophet Joel did what prophets do in pointing to God's will and calling the people to repentance. A plague of locusts had descended upon Judah, creating a famine and setting in motion such natural disasters as fires most likely caused by a drought. It was a chain reaction: the locusts destroyed the crops, which affected the grazing land for the livestock, thus shortening the food supply and impacting the economy. Joel was drawing a clear connection between some natural disasters and the call to repentance.

We must not wait for the locusts to come, but instead turn from our self-centered inclinations and return to the Lord. Outward expressions of remorse such as confession and fasting create truly penitent hearts, open hearts with room enough for the mercy that is waiting to be poured in. God does judge, but He does so with compassion and an insatiable desire to bless.

Prayer for 6th Sunday in Ordinary time​

Cordially invited

Who am I, Lord, that You should invite me to enter fully into Your life and enjoy Your mercy, love, peace, and joy?

Lord, You know I am not worthy
to enter Your house and break bread with You.
Yet You stretch out Your hand to me
and with a smile, gently shake Your head.
Help me to see that You do not call me
because I am worthy, holy or perfect
but rather because You love me,
forgive me, and want to be with
me forever.

Give me, therefore, the grace to die
to myself, to my sins, and to my bad habits.
And with renewed faith and strength
let me share Your blessings with
everyone I meet today.

Amen.

~ Father Joseph R. Veneroso, M.M.
Dinh, how wonderful that we can repair and be repaired, that we have a God so forgiving that He gave His only Son to take on the sins of the world! Let us truly appreciate this greatest of gifts, and bask in the ceaseless steadfast love of our Lord by opening our hearts to Him and others this Lent.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Raymond J. Finch, M.M.