Many Catholics have fallen away from the Church these days. The sexual abuse scandal, a Pope that is less traditional, and an increase in secular world and more modern, new age forms of spirituality may have prompted this departure. As participating, strong in faith Catholics, let us pray for these souls and their return to the Church. Jesus showed great love and forgiveness to sinners…the woman caught in adultery, the parable of the prodigal son… “He who is without sin, be the first to throw a stone.”
Additionally, spring is the season of first communion and confirmation. Children learn from example, especially from their parents and older family members. Too many Catholic children are baptized and don’t see a church again until it is time for first communion. Think of your own families or friends. Parents bear the responsibility for the religious education and gift of the sacraments to their children.
Use this time of Lent to encourage family attendance at Mass. Offer to take your younger relatives with you if parents are unable. Pray that God in His loving mercy will touch the hearts of His lost children.