Act of charity in the season of lent
By Nadim Lumubos, Columban Student
We often hear that lent is a time of repentance and renewal of self. It is a time for self-reflection, spiritual growth, and transformation. We are called upon to repent on our sins, to turn away from the things that keep us from God, to acknowledge our weaknesses and to seek the strength and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Remember, however, that Lent is not only about us but also about others.
As I reflect on the sacrifices of Christ, I am reminded of His tremendous gift of love and the importance of selflessness, compassion, and kindness towards others. As I seek to follow in His footsteps, I am called upon to embrace the spirit of charity and to make a difference in the lives of people who are less fortunate than me.
We live in a world full of pain and suffering, as witnessed especially in the faces of people who are hungry, homeless, and alone. I am overwhelmed with a deep sense of empathy and a desire to help. It is easy to turn a blind eye and to ignore their cries for help, but as followers of Christ, we are called upon to take initiatives and lend a hand.
The act of charity is not merely a nice thing to do but it is the foundation of our Catholic faith. It is a way to show our love for God and His creations and a means for us to put our faith into action and make a lasting difference. As I seek to serve others and put on a brave face, I cannot help but feel a sense of sadness for the injustices and hardships that we face. The world can be a cruel and unforgiving place, and it can be easy to lose hope in the face of so much adversity.
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Yet, it is precisely during times like these that the message of Lent speaks to me the loudest. The selflessness and sacrifice of Christ serve as a reminder that even in the darkest of times, there is always hope. Through acts of kindness and charity, we have the power to change things.
As I observe the Lenten Season in charity, I am reminded of the power of love, and how even the smallest gestures, such as offering a kind word or lending a listening ear to someone who is going through a tough time, can have a profound impact. Although tears may shed along the way, our collective efforts, can create a brighter and more compassionate world for all.
May this season be a reminder to all, to be inspired and embrace the spirit of charity everyday.