By Fr. Frank Natale, MSC
Lent: A Twofold Character!
With only a few weeks of Lent remaining, I would like to invite you to invest these final days focusing on a character of Lent often overlooked.
In the CONSTITUTION ON THE SACRED LITURGY, Solemnly Promulgated by His Holiness Pope Paul VI on December 4, 1963, paragraph 109 reads, “The season of Lent has a twofold character: primarily by recalling or preparing for Baptism and by Penance, it disposes the faithful, who more diligently hear the Word of God and devote themselves to prayer, to celebrate the Paschal Mystery. This twofold character is to be brought into greater prominence both in the liturgy and by liturgical catechesis. Hence: A) More use is to be made of the Baptismal features proper to the Lenten liturgy; Some of them, which used to flourish in bygone days, are to be restored as may seem good.”
Much of what we do during lent is focused on the penitential practices of Lent: prayer, fasting, and giving alms. As we see there is an equally important character of Lent focused on Baptism. I invite you to focus these remaining days looking at what Baptism means to you and what it will mean to renew your Baptism this Easter!