My Dear Sisters,
Greetings of Peace and Good Will!
As we enter the season of Lent, I feel hopeful again, as we prepare to celebrate the greatest feast in the Liturgy of the Catholic Church – The Paschal Mystery.
In reflecting on the next 40 days, we are reminded again that this is the season of grace, of anticipation of new life and of new beginnings as we draw closer to Jesus. Our Lenten journey will move us to Easter, through the celebration of His death and resurrection.
The Lenten journey in which we are invited to contemplate the Mystery of the Cross, is meant to reproduce within us ‘ the pattern of His death’ (Phil.3:10), so as to effect a deep conversion in our lives; that we may be transformed by the action of the Holy Spirit, like St. Paul on the road to Damascus; that we may firmly orient our existence according to the will of God: that we may be freed of our egoism, overcoming the instinct to dominate others and opening us to the love of Christ. The Lenten period is a favourable time to recognize our weakness and to accept, through a sincere inventory of our life, the renewing Grace of the Sacrament of Penance, and walk resolutely towards Christ.
I extend an invitation, that we all enter into this season with a sincere desire towards deep conversion, by deepening our intimacy with Jesus and make our communities alive with intense fraternal communion, so that we are strengthened for a renewed mission. May we also uphold the traditional practices of fasting and almsgiving which are an expression of our commitment to this conversion. Christ calls us to this challenge. Let us respond to Him with generous hearts. Let us look to the person of Jesus and see where we need to grow and change.
Wish you a fruitful, holy season of Lent
Sr. Ophelia Fernandes