By Jjunju Francis
02nd March 2022
Today Christians have started the Lent season, a period dedicated for self examination over one’s actions against what is required by God.
The 40 days period according to the Roman Catholic Church commemorating the time Jesus spent fasting in the desert, as reflected in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, before beginning his public ministry, during which he endured temptation by Satan, calls on the faithful to fulfill the three virtues; Prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
The period starts on Ash Wednesday today and priests world over have placed ashes on the foreheads of the Christians with words “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or the dictum “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
Pope Francis has urged Christians never to get tired of doing good for others.
In reflection to Saint Paul’s letter to the Galatians Pope Francis emphasizes sowing and reaping, the seed of peace, love and welcoming God’s word a voice in each person’s heart to right.
The Pope Nuncio to Uganda Archbishop Luigi Bianco has re-affirmed the Pope’s lent statement saying Catholics in Uganda and world over need to reflect on the opportunity of prayer, reconciliation and understanding the plight of others.
The forty days will end on Holy Saturday April 16th including the three days called Easter triduum that lead to Easter day which will be celebrated on Sunday April 17th 2022.