We are given the opportunity to focus on
(a) a time for Prayer - a time to enter into a dialogue with God; when we can make the time to allow God speak to us, and for us to speak to God.
(b) a time for Fasting - a time to look at our lives and instead of giving up some luxury in our life like chocolate perhaps to do a more serious review and ask ourselves what do I really need versus what do I want?
(c) a time for Solidarity - this has generally been expressed as charity and alms giving but perhaps their are other ways we can explore to express our solidarity with some one, and instead of giving money maybe give of our time?
You can listen to the reflection on Lent excerpted from this weeks programme HERE.
And a leper came to him beseeching him, and kneeling said to him, "If you will, you can make me clean." Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, "I will; be clean." And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. And he sternly charged him, and sent him away at once, and said to him, "See that you say nothing to any one; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to the people." But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a town, but was out in the country; and people came to him from every quarter.
During the season of Lent, the days of Lent have precedence over the memorials of the saints which fall during the season with two exceptions in the Irish liturgical calendar for St Patrick's day (17th March) and feast of St Joseph (19th March). The Sundays of Lent take precedence over all feasts and all solemnities. Solemnities are moved to the preceding Saturdays.