Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Ash Wednesday, today we enter into Lent. For the next 40 days Lent offers us: a time to reflect on the important areas of our life; our relationship with God, our prayer life, our family, work or school and our community.
Lent gives us the opportunity to examine those areas of our life, where we may not be living up to God’s plan for our life, and to seek forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
During these 40 days I encourage you to take time to pray each day. Your prayer time could be through reading the Scriptures for the day or the coming Sunday to help prepare you to celebrate Mass in a more meaningful way, it could be by taking advantage of your commute to remember those who have no commute to work due to unemployment, also as family prayer before meals whether at home or in a restaurant, and praying the rosary with your children.
We are also called during Lent to give alms. Many of us lead such busy lives that unless we are asked to give we tend to forget to give to those less fortunate. Rather than giving up a certain food for lent why not give the gift of food so that those in our community that do not have enough will be fed through your alms giving.
I pray this Lent will be a time of renewed commitment to God, Family, Church and Community and that you come to the celebration of Easter with joy.
Assuring you of my prayers, I remain
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Joseph A. Pepe, D.D., J.C.D.
Bishop of Las Vegas