Bulletin Article for the First Sunday of Lent (February 14, 2016)

Welcome to Lent!!! What a great time to remember that we are sinners. Not so that we and/or Satan can beat us down, but so that we can acknowledge the ways we need to Jesus to lift us up. Lent should be a time of change and conversion. Years ago, when I was probably in middle school, one winter I changed how I shot the basketball. I was shooting more from the stomach area instead of from the forehead. At first it did not go well. However, I knew that I need to change how I shot so I would not get blocked as often. I missed a lot of shots. Shooting from the forehead required a lot more arm strength. However, after about a month, my shooting percentage started going up again. By the end of the winter, I was shooting as well as I had before. But now it was harder to block my shot. This is a lot like what Lent is suppose to be like. Sometimes we need to get a little worse to get better. Change is not easy. Focusing on our bad habits or failures is not a fun thing to do. And it is not healthy to focus on them all the time. But rather than focusing on strengthening our strengths, Lent is a time to focus on our weaknesses. Again, this is not so that we and/or Satan can beat up down, but so that we can open up to God’s grace in those areas of our souls so that He can heal them and change us from the inside.

Please pray for Ardella Dinneen who passed away Saturday, February 6. She was 101 years old. Please pray for the repose of her soul and the comforting of her family.

Please pray for me too. I will be starting an eight day silent retreat on Monday, February 15. Please pray that it is a time of renewal and spiritual growth and healing. I need your prayers more than you realize. I will be back on Friday, February 26 after a few days vacation after the retreat.

Let us pray for one another during this special penitential season of Lent,
Father Vogel

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