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Second Friday of Lent Reflection: Deacon Nelson Sousa

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a series of Lenten reflections by the clergy of the Cathedral. Each deacon and priests will submit a reflection on a Friday of Lent.


Deacon Nelson Sousa cutoutAs one of the three pillars of Lenten practice, almsgiving is “a witness to fraternal charity” and  “a work of justice pleasing to God.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2462).

In his ‘2008 Message for Lent’ . . . Pope Benedict XVI explained  “In inviting us to consider almsgiving with a more profound gaze that transcends the purely material dimension, Scripture teaches us that there is more joy in giving than in receiving (Acts 20:35).  When we do things out of love, we express the truth of our being; indeed, we have been created not for ourselves but for God and our brothers and sisters (2 Cor 5:15).  Every time when, for love of God, we share our goods with our neighbor in need, we discover that the fullness of life comes from love and all is returned to us as a blessing in the form of peace, inner satisfaction and joy.”

With these words in mind I invite everyone to sincerely pray one ‘Hail Mary’ every day during the upcoming week for the ‘Soul in Purgatory most in need of prayer’.

Peace and God Bless,

Dcn. Nelson

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