My beloved ACTS Community may the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you and your family. I’m reaching out filled with prayer and hope. May you and your family be well in health and spirit.

With great love and humbleness, I would like to introduce myself as the new Facilitator of ACTS CORE. Thank you ahead of time for your participation in our church community. The CORE team is in full swing for planning for ACTS activities for 2022. This, of course, includes our primary mission of evangelization for all our families to return to church, and live our rich faith while continuing to pass on the torch of light to all our Brothers and Sisters in Christ for generations to come!

Now as we dive into the third week of Lent, I pray that it has been a fruitful time for you and your family. This time of year, is such a grand opportunity to recollect our lives, gather all those pieces that all come together and make us children of light! During this time of the year, our Lord Jesus invites each of us to bring to Him our trials, tribulations, temptations, sufferings, and thanksgiving to the foot of His Holy Cross. For all that He gives us always will be in His holy plan. Yes, I agree
we live in this time of chaos in the world; but if we remain focused with Jesus, Mary, and St. Joseph, we can never go astray!

This year Pope Francis reminds us: “Let us not grow tired of doing good.” ‘Each year during Lent, we are reminded that “goodness, together with love, justice, and solidarity, is not achieved once and for all; they have to be realized each day.”’ (Fratelli Tutti, 11)

As we journey with this in mind, let us practice what our Lenten mission signifies, including fasting, almsgiving, and prayer. I want to share a couple of tools as it’s never too late to give up something that makes us better children of God, if you offer it with a humble heart to our Loving Lord.

Here’s a list of ideas what to do during Lent:

What to give up:

  • Give up complaining – focus on gratitude.
  • Give up pessimism – become an optimist.
  • Give up harsh judgments – think kindly thoughts.
  • Give up worry – Trust in Divine Providence.
  • Give up discouragement – be full of hope.
  • Give up bitterness – turned to forgiveness.
  • Give up hatred – return good for evil.
  • Give up negativism – be positive.
  • Give up anger – be more patient.
  • Give up pettiness – become mature.
  • Give up gloom – enjoy the beauty that is all around you.
  • Give up jealousy – pray for trust.
  • Give up gossiping – control your tongue.
  • Give up sin – turned to virtue.
  • Give all giving up – hang in there!

Here’s a great resource of brief daily Lenten reflections:

Join us for the Stations of the Cross:
Every Friday, at 7 p.m. inside St. Ferdinand Church

Yours in Christ,

Laura Ascencio Real

ACTS Core Facilitator

1 Peter 5:5     “…clothe yourselves with humility in your dealing with one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but bestows favor on the humble.”