Categories: General Date: Mar 6, 2019 Title: This Is What God Wants Of Us – Our HolinessA Lenten Pastoral Letter from Bishop Leahy
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Lent is the season when the whole Church goes on a forty-day retreat. I would like to suggest that we take holiness as a theme for Lent this year. I do so because Pope Francis has recently written a wonderful letter on holiness reminding us of its importance. At a time when we are getting used to pastoral units and new pastoral arrangements in our Diocese, it is good to keep our eye on what ultimately matters – our holiness.
I would recommend you read Pope Francis’ letter entitled, “Rejoice and Be Glad” (Gaudete et Exsultate). It’s available on the internet or in religious book shops. I will draw on it for this Pastoral Letter. The Pope has felt prompted by the Holy Spirit to re-propose to all of us the call to holiness in a practical way for our time. The voice of the Holy Spirit speaking through the Pope is saying to each one of us: “be holy, for I am holy” (Lev 11: 44; cf 1 Pet 1:16).