22 FEBRUARY 2012. ASH WEDNESDAY. Today begins the solemn journey of Lent that is necessary to our celebration, 40 days hence, of the greatest gift given to humanity, the resurrection from the dead of our Lord Jesus Christ--Easter. This period of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving brings us to focus on the depths of our own failings, so that we can better understand--truly appreciate in our limited human capacity--the depth of the Father's love for us, in the gift of his Son for our redemption. The joy of Easter, then, needs to be preceded by this season of solemn preparation and spiritual introspection. We cannot understand the radiance of the light, without focusing for a while on the depth of the darkness.
To one and all, I will pray for a fruitful and holy Lent.
Offered in solidarity with our Holy Father Pope Francis, his prayer intention for March 2017:
Support for Persecuted Christians.That persecuted Christians may be supported by the prayers and material help of the whole Church.
BENEDICTUS XVI, PONTIFEX EMERITUS
Open Wide the Doors to Christ
My open request and invitation to all pastors, especially in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee: please make the Sacrament of Reconciliation available regularly--at least more often than one hour on Saturday afternoon. Please dedicate 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. one weekday evening each week to the regular hearing of confessions.
Jody Finklea is a Lay Dominican, Roman Catholic father, husband and lawyer that lives in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee. Jody is also a fourth degree Knight of Columbus and an alumnus of The Catholic University of America School of Philosophy.