Period of Lent

Fred Wesley | Thursday, February 15, 2018
Yesterday was a special day for many Christians around the world.
Fred Wesley
Fred Wesley

It was Ash Wednesday, the day marking the start of 40 days of fasting over the Lenten season.

For thousands of Catholics around the world, it's a day when they receive ashes on their foreheads.

It marks the beginning of weeks of repentance, fasting and abstinence in preparation for Easter.

Surely there will be questions on the importance of the day and the significance of ashes for the faithful.

So what is the essence of the Lenten season?

For many Catholics, ashes are supposed to be a symbol of repentance for wrongs they have committed and want to get over.

It is supposed to serve as a reminder of the importance of life and the reality that we each will return to ashes. Many of the faithful will have sober reflections of the significance of the day. They will give up something over the period.

It actually offers an opportunity for people to amend their ways.

Thousands of the faithful will no doubt reflect on things they can do better and acknowledge what they have done wrong.

Perhaps we all should use this Lenten period to reflect on our lives and embrace positive changes.

Let's do it for ourselves, our loved ones, our community, maybe, and our nation.

Let's face it, when we do so, we might just have a greater appreciation and value of the importance of life.

With that in mind, this period should also serve as a reminder for us of the importance of sacrifice and what it means to us as individuals and to our loved ones.

The message of Lent has the potential to cut through every imaginary demarcation line.

It should touch the hearts of every Fijian, regardless of gender, ethnicity, political leaning, and religion.

The period offers a reprieve for many people to relook at how they are living their lives, and take appropriate action. It touches on humility, sacrifice and commitment to a large extent.

We have an opportunity to reflect on our lives, cast aside our differences for instance, embrace changes and be a positive impact in our family, society and for our nation.

Meanwhile, as Tropical Cyclone Gita passes our country, many of us will look back positively.

As the State machinery gets into gear to assess the damage left behind by Gita, it seems many people were actually prepared. They were not complacent.

Now begins the work of getting some order back into our lives and offer reassurance to all those affected by the weather system. We remember our friends in Tonga and we should remind ourselves that we are still in the cyclone season.

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