A message from Bishop Foys
Praised be Jesus Christ! Now and Forever! Amen!
My dear Friends,
We are about to enter into the penitential season of Lent. This Lent the call of the Lord reverberates urgently: “Be converted! Return to me with all your heart!” (Joel 2:12)
The Lord is calling on us to seize this time as a time of choosing. It is not the time of the Lord’s judgment, but of our judgment. It is a time to choose what matters most and what passes away, a time to separate what is necessary from what is not. It is a time to get our lives back on track with regard to the Lord and to others.
The above is paraphrased from An Extraordinary Moment of Prayer presided over by our Holy Father Pope Francis last March, 2020. He stood alone in the great Piazza of St. Peter and spoke these words, invoking upon all his blessing, Urbi et Orbi, to the City and to the World. It was a time of great testing, anxiety and fear. COVID-19 was raging in Europe and would soon rage on our own shores. Our Holy Father sought to comfort us and to challenge us to “seize this time of trial as a time of choosing.”
While it may seem as though we have been experiencing a yearlong Lent, the Lord calls to us now, in this time and in this day, to once again go into the desert where we can hear His voice, answer His call.
In the desert, where we can indeed choose what really matters most in our lives, what we truly cherish, what is important.
In the silence of the desert, where we listen to His voice.
This year has indeed been one of trial and of testing, of anxiety and fear. It has without a doubt brought out the best and the worst in us. It has been a year of life-changing experiences, a year when we have had to make choices while in uncharted territory.
What a perfect time, this Lent, to review the past year, to examine the choices we’ve made, the decisions that have shaped our lives. Have we made it a beneficial year? What have we learned from it? Have we put ourselves in God’s hands, confident of His love for us through every trial?
As we enter this Lent 2021 may we all be converted, may we all return to the Lord with all our heart!
Yours devotedly in the Lord,
Most Rev. Roger J. Foys, D.D.
Bishop of Covington