Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Fr. MaroDear Parishioners,

A few days ago, I checked my calendar and reviewed the schedules that I have for this coming week. It’s good I checked because I  noticed that there is a scheduled appointment with an eye doctor that I already forgot about. I was thinking, if the doctor did not schedule it (after my last visit with him), most likely I would not have scheduled it at all because I don’t think I need my eyes checked. I remember him saying something about the need to have doctors regularly check our eyes because on our own, we don’t always notice something wrong so we need to have a regular checkup with a doctor.

This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten Season. I would like us to look at the Lenten Season as our annual appointment for a spiritual checkup. We are blessed to have this season regularly scheduled for our spiritual checkup because left on our own, we might not see that we need it. Let us take advantage of this season to really make a thorough examination of our conscience and beg our Lord for mercy and forgiveness for the sins we might have committed.

There are a lot of things that we can do to help in our spiritual growth as we go through the Lenten season. Prayers and the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation are among them. But I do hope that making sacrifices (more than not eating meat on Fridays) will also be among the things that you are planning to do. Giving up a luxury or something that gives you pleasure as a personal sacrifice can be an effective way of uniting yourself with the sacrifice of Jesus as he journeyed into the desert for 40 days. Doing something extra can also be a form of sacrifice as you give more of your time in activities that can be helpful not only to you and those you love but also to strangers that are in need.

Whatever you decide to do, let us make use of this penitential season of Lent to really journey to a closer relationship with our God.

May God bless us all as we journey through this holy season of Lent.

In Christ,
Fr. Maro