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Filipinos urged to reflect on the true meaning of lenten sacrifices

filipinos urged to reflect on the true meaning of lenten sacrifices

The Philippines, predominantly a Catholic nation, observes Lent as a time for sacrifice and reflection. However, a priest warns that outward rituals alone hold no meaning unless they lead to genuine transformation.

Father Robert John Abada emphasizes that sacrifices, like fasting, shouldn’t be solely for show or gaining praise. “If they don’t affect our hearts, attitudes, and how we treat others, they lose their purpose,” he says.

This aligns with the core purpose of Lent: a period of preparation for Easter through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. These practices are meant to deepen one’s connection with God, understand Jesus’ sacrifice, and prepare for his resurrection.

Abada’s message resonates with the call for inward transformation. Sacrifices become more meaningful when they inspire compassion, love, and better treatment for others.

Further details on the required practices are provided:

  • Fasting: Individuals aged 18-59 are required to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, consuming one full meal and two smaller ones that don’t exceed the first in quantity.
  • Abstinence: Those over 14 must abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent.

Father Winston Cabading offers practical steps for engaging in Lenten practices at various levels:

  • Beginning: Abstain from meat on Fridays, pray regularly, attend weekly Mass and Way of the Cross, avoid distractions before Communion, and confess sins.
  • Intermediate: Fast on designated days, avoid dairy products on Fridays, attend additional Lenten services, and perform acts of charity.
  • Advanced: Observe daily fasts, attend all liturgical services, and replace entertainment with prayer, reading, and charity.

These suggestions offer a framework for individual participation, emphasizing that depth of commitment and personal growth are key to a meaningful Lent.

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