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Hamilton Diocesan CWL

... a national organization rooted in gospel values calling its members to holiness through service to the People of God.


Dear Sisters in the League,

Lent can be viewed as a time of spiritual cleansing; a time for taking spiritual inventory and then cleaning out everything which hinders our relationship with Christ; a time of grace and opportunity for tremendous spiritual growth. The Church recommends Lent as a time to amend our lives, to repent and to do something to improve our relationship with God. This responsibility is entirely ours.

Lent is a time when we are reminded to curb on our self indulgences, to withdraw a little bit from the world and to search for God with repentance.

Pope Francis presents to us a different way of fasting. He says: “Do you want to fast this Lent?”

  • Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
  • Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
  • Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
  • Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
  • Fast from worries and trust in God.
  • Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
  • Fast from pressures and be prayful.
  • Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy.
  • Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.
  • Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
  • Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.

Are we ready to accept God’s invitation to come back to Him? This invitation stands not just for Lent but forever. Let us place our hand into the hands of God, trusting in His guidance.

Wishing you a Happy and Holy Lenten Season.

Joan Schurter
Hamilton Diocesan President


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