Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.

Quickly we will find ourselves approaching the season of Lent again. We seem to move rather quickly from celebrating the birth of our Lord and Saviour to His death on the cross.

For me personally I find that at the beginning of Advent I have an opportunity to refocus on my faith and to try to do something to build on it, and the beginning of Lent gives me the opportunity to fix, adjust, or add to what I began at Advent and maybe fell behind on, or to get a better understanding of, or add something new all together.

A few years back it was taking up praying the rosary daily and that has become an essential part of my life that makes me who I am. Over the years I have tried and failed but have taken the opportunity each year to at Advent and/or Lent to increase my faith. For Avent 2023 I began praying the liturgy of the hours. This was one of the things that I had failed at in years past, but I had to try it again. I started praying one per day to work on getting an understanding but within a week I was praying two per day which is what is recommended for laymen. I find some days I will pray 3 or 4 and the odd busy day 1, but I’ve managed to stick with it through the month.

I would like to challenge each of you to take the opportunity at lent this year to start something to build your faith, it could be new or something old you’ve stopped and feel the urge to start again or join a faith development program. Even if you just spend a couple extra moments pondering the daily readings, I encourage you to take this opportunity to build on and increase your faith.

God bless you,

Vivat Jesus!

Ryan Polywkan
Grand Knight

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