Lent is the season when the insistent call to conversion echoes powerfully through the Scriptures, prayers and hymns of the Church’s liturgy. It is a season of grace and renewal. Recently, I was deeply moved by the faith of the 800 or so individuals who participated in the three celebrations of the Rite of Election at Our Lady’s Cathedral. These are men and women who are responding to the Lord’s call to conversion and preparing to enter the Church at the Easter Vigil. They are a sign for the whole Church of the Lord’s continuing labors in our midst.
During the season of Lent, Jesus invites each of us to repent and believe. Conversion is not a one-time event. It is a lifelong process leading us deeper into the mystery of Christ, who reveals and shares the Father’s love for us in his death and resurrection.