Thursday, March 06, 2008

Key to Lent and Appreciating It

The Second Vatican Council taught that
Lent both prepares people for baptism and renews the baptismal vocations of the faithful [Decree on Liturgy, 109], who are the primary ministers of Christian initiation [Decree on Missions, 14, which the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, 9, recalled].
Fr. Lawrence Mick, a priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, looked at Lenten Customs and noted how baptism saturates all of them. His contribution to Catholic Update half a dozen years ago is good an annual reading. It is a good way to monitor one's practices thus far during this most important liturgical season.

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