PRAYER AND FASTING OVERCOME GLUTTONY AND HELP DISCOVER GOD’S CHARITY. CHRISTIANS ACROSS THE WORLD BEGIN LENTEN SEASON
“Prayer and fasting help us overcome gluttony and to discover the charity of God in our existence. By giving we receive. In forgiving we are forgiven. We become mindful of others.” Archbishop Philip Anyolo told Christians during the celebration of Ash Wednesday at the Holy Family Minor Basilica.
Speaking during the Mass celebration, His Grace also reminded Christians of the importance to rediscover their intimate relationship with God during the Lent season stating that peace can only be retained in society by forgoing evil and revenge from the past so as to live with one another in harmony in the present.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the 2023 calendar year of the Lenten season under the theme; ‘Reconciliation for an inclusive nation’. This theme serves as a wake-up call for all to examine their conscience and reflect on how to improve their relationship as Christians and as a nation.
In this 40-day season of prayer, fasting, and alms-giving, Christians are reminded of Christ’s time of temptation in the wilderness. In His vulnerable state, he emerged a victor in good over evil. Lent calls on believers to set aside time to be intentional and focus on the life of Christ as well as emulate Him in His ministry and His sacrifices in their day-to-day life.