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is no doubt about it: a person who loves pleasure, who seeks comfort, who flies
from anything that might spell suffering, who is overanxious, who complains, who
blames and who becomes impatient at the least little thing which does not go his
way - a person like that is a Christian only in name; he is only a dishonour to
his religion, for Jesus Christ has said so: ‘Anyone who wishes to come after me,
let him deny himself and take up his cross every day of his life, and follow
me’”. These words of St.John Vianney, the Curé d’Ars, from his Ash Wednesday
sermon on Penance is following the wisdom of Jesus, when He said, “He who does
not listen to my words is like a man who builds his house on the sand, and when
the flood waters and storms come, the house will fall completely”. To listen to
Jesus’ word and act upon them is to build one’s house on solid rock, which no
flood waters og storm can destroy.
Lent, this holy and grace-filled time in the Church
Year, is a time for penitential prayer, self-examination and repentance. It’s a
time of building our house on the solid rock of the suffering Christ, which
prepares us to meet Him in His resurrection. He satisfies our heart’s deepest
Lent is a time, a grace God gives us to repent and confess our sins, do
penance through fasting, prayer and almsgiving.
Repentance and confession of sin is extremely
important in the Christian life. We are sinners and unfortunately do commit sin,
that is, we break both seriously through mortal sin or less seriously through
venial sin the family relationship to God, our loving and caring Father. We
cannot in any way look upon sin as either non-existent og unimportant. It’s very
real. It takes us away from God and sends us in the opposite direction, which is
towards hell. That’s why God sent His only begotten Son to save us from sin and
its consequences. In order to amend for our sins, it’s absolutely necessary to
repent, that is, to truly be sorry for them and confess them to Jesus, our
Saviour, in the sacrament of Penance or Confession. I’m available for the
sacrament every Sunday from 09,45 - 10.45. Otherwise, you can make an
appointment with me for Confession. Here I must remind you of the second
commandment of the Church which states that you shall confess your sins at least
once a year.
Prayer and fast day for peace in
The Democratic Republic of Congo and in South Sudan - Friday the 23rd of February
After the Angelus prayer on Sunday the 4th of
February Pope Francis announced that he wishes a day of prayer and fasting for
world peace and especially for peace in The Democratic Republic of Congo and in
This request is seen against the background of the
Pope’s and indeed many others’ concern for the continuation and escalation of
conflicts throughout the world, particularly in the conflicts and consequent
violence in the two above mentioned countries. Wars in Africa are easily pushed
into the background, perhaps because these are seen as not leading to a danger
for world peace. Nevertheless, there are many people, who, without the media’s
attention, suffer on acount of the wars and thus long for peace.
Most of us are powerless against violence and strife.
Pope Francis on behalf of all articulates this perplexity by asking the
question:”What can I do for peace?” He continues: “We can certainly pray, but
not only this - everyone can say ‘no’ to violence to the extent that he or she
We here in the parish will mark this day by
celebrating Mass along with the Way of the Cross for the pope’s
of the Cross is prayer every
Friday in Lent at 7,30 p.m. in the church.
of the parish council on Sunday
the 18th of March, where 4 members out of a list of 14 candidates are to be
elected. It’s really wonderful that so many are willing to run as candidates.