CEBU Archbishop Jose Palma urged Catholics to observe the Season of Lent with prayers, alms-giving, and fasting.
During an Ash Wednesday mass at his residence on D. Jakosalem St., Cebu City yesterday, Palma said that Lent is a time to practice sacrifice.
Palma said that praying, giving of alms, and fasting will not be meaningful without a little sacrifice.
The archbishop also said that fasting does not only apply to food but also to practices that can be considered “harmful” to one’s self.
“We should ask ourselves, what do we like or practice that we can forego this Lent to help us improve ourselves before God? But what is important is discipline,” he said.
Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, is also the first day when the faithful are called to fast and abstain from eating meat, although the sick and those who are too young and too old are exempted from the practice.
Palma also said that Lent is a good time to renew one’s relationship with God.
After his homily, Palma marked the foreheads of the faithful with ash, which is a symbolic mark of repentance.
Ash Wednesday starts 46 days before Easter Sunday and officially opens the Season of Lent.
After Ash Wednesday, fasting and abstinence shall be observed every Friday of Lent.
The faithful are also urged to confess and turn away from sin.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 02, 2017.
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