So we’re four days into Lent – how’s it going? Are you keeping your Lenten resolutions? Lent is a time for us to make realistic plans to offer extra prayer, extra fasting, and extra gifts to the poor. It’s also a good time to examine your own health and correct any behaviors that are harming the person God wants you to be.

For example – how is your mental health? To me, it feels like last year’s Lent never really ended. The atmosphere of anxiety, isolation, and fear can contribute to depression. All too often, people equate depression with “personal weakness” and avoid talking about it altogether. This simply makes things worse. Mental health and mental disease are not signs of weakness. They are real things and we must maintain them just as we maintain our bodily health. Is a sinus infection a sign of weakness, or is it something for which you would see a doctor? So, too, with your mental health. Perhaps a good Lenten resolution would be to consult with a psychological professional you trust. I can help you find one if you would like – email me at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

How is your spiritual health? This is also something that we need to watch carefully. Perhaps it has been some months or years since your last confession. Lent is a great time to make a good examination of conscience and get to confession. No matter how long it has been or how “big” or embarrassing the sins seem to you, please know that priests are eager to bring you God’s mercy. If you think, “Oh, Father, don’t worry, I don’t need to go to confession,” then trust me when I recommend that you get to a confessional as quickly as possible.

We’re all in this Lenten fast together for the next six weeks! Let’s support and encourage one another with prayer, affirming words, and good example.

Fr. Ryan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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