A Lenten Invitation to “Change Our Hearts”

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A Special Message from Sister Linda LaMagna
Diocesan ARISE Coordinator

As parishes with their coordinators, teams and small faith community leaders are looking to season two preparations for ARISE Together in Christ, we look back at all the trainings and preparations for launching ARISE with gratitude in our hearts. The participation, renewed faith and the Community building which occurred exceeded our expectations.  Yet, we shouldn’t be surprised, for when we invite the Holy Spirit into our hearts and our experiences, the seeming impossible becomes possible.

The Spirit of God empowered so many parishes to embrace this experience, and it was embraced with a hope, curiosity, and faith which has given birth to a desire for more. I am especially happy, for without fully knowing it, we have embraced the New Evangelization, the missionary character of the Church for building up the Body of Christ.

Like the Apostles and disciples of the early Church, the message of the Gospel has captured and amazed the hearts of many people throughout our diocese.  It continues to be my hope that through the sharing of the Good News, participants will continue to effectively impact their parishes and the world for Jesus Christ. I am hopeful that by the time we enter season five, we will find our hearts changed and renewed, not ending Renew, but being renewed daily with hearts on fire and filled with passion for our faith as well as a pinning for a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

As we turn our eyes to season two and the Lenten invitation to Change our Hearts, let us embrace this season with new fervor, ardor, and desire for God, trusting that this is his work and it is he who will accomplish all we will do. Let us continue to be his servants believing that he desires to live through us and accomplish the mission for which Jesus was sent.

May I leave you with this powerful message from Scripture: “…You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem…and to the ends of the earth. – Acts 1:8

God bless all of you and know that I am grateful to be journeying alongside of you as we ARISE Together in Christ.

Sister Linda LaMagna, CCW