A Note: For regular followers of our archdiocesan blog, you may be wondering why I have re-appeared on “Msgr. Pope’s blog page!” The blog is the effort of a team of people but due to a major reorganization of staff at the Pastoral Center and the appointment of Fr. Hurd to a new position, we have been somewhat distracted. Msgr. Pope has carried the blog for us and we are enormously grateful for that. Thank you Msgr. Pope.
Today, we are introducing a new format, I will be writing regularly, but also inviting colleagues to write on timely topics from the perspective of their ministry or on a particular theme. I hope you enjoy the format and a variety of voices.
Has Lent begun well for you? Is Lent already feeling long? I for one, appreciate the length because it does give us a chance to change course if we feel what we hoped to make work by way of spiritual disciplines is not really working at all. What will make Lent “successful” is not the perfect execution of a plan but a change of mind and heart. I offer these words from Blessed Mother Theresa as the test of the fruitfulness of Lent.
The Fruit of Prayer.
The fruit of silence is prayer
the fruit of prayer is faith
the fruit of faith is love
the fruit of love is service
the fruit of service is peace.