“EXAMINE YOUR CONSCIENCE AND STRENGTHEN YOUR UNION WITH GOD”: JOHN CARDINAL NJUE URGES CHRISTIANS.
Archbishop Emeritus John Cardinal Njue has called on Christians to remember the greatest sacrifice of Christ by involving themselves in prayer, fasting and alms giving. This he said during the celebration of Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of Lent season.
In his homily, he highlighted on the importance of self-reflection on how Christians carry on with life and compelled them to align themselves to God’s wishes. “This is the time when we are asked to spend our time in prayer, repentance and thinking of those in need. May this period be one where we examine our conscience and strengthen our union with God so as to be happy in this transit of life,” he continued.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. In Pope Francis’s message to Christians during this lent season, he calls on all to renew their faith, draw from the living waters of hope, and receive with open hearts the love of God. His Eminence reiterated this call by reminding unmarried couples to reunite with God in the right ways of the church. To Christians, he reminded them to live as per their faith calls through their existential movements (sacramental life) with God.
Ash Wednesday opens to Lent, a season of fasting and prayer which focuses the Christian’s hearts on repentance and prayer through their personal and communal confession. The practice includes application of ashes on the fore head which symbolize the dust from which God made us.
Genesis 3:19 “For you are dust and to dust you shall return”