Lent Is a Joyful Time. Here's Why.

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We kick off Lent with a homily from the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

The Very Rev. Fr. Kazimierz Chwalek, MIC, the provincial superior of the Marians in the United States and Argentina, offers tips on how to get off the path of self-destruction. We can undo works of evil through works of mercy, he says. We can embrace the sacraments. We can fast in the traditional sense, but also we can fast from things that wound others and ourselves.

Lent, says Fr. Kaz, is a time to cleanse and strengthen ourselves.

"The world needs us," he says.

Here is his full homily:

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Elisabeth - Feb 21, 2015

Thank you, Fr. Kaz. May the Lord shine His Light into the darkness of our Hearts. Peace be with you!

Dorothea - Feb 21, 2015

Thank you for sharing this homily, a good reflection for Lent.....may Jesus continue to speak to our hearts through you, all our priests, and St. Faustina's words. Amen.

Marianne - Feb 20, 2015

Dzien Kuje Fr. Kaz. Beautiful words to keep in our minds and hearts, not only during Lent, but always.

John Heiden - Feb 20, 2015

JESUS I TRUST IN YOU..SHOW ME YOUR WAYS O LORD. Father, please pray for me. AMEN

Marie - Feb 19, 2015

Thank You Father.

elvie - Feb 19, 2015

beautiful homily,thank you father...amen

connie - Feb 19, 2015

Lent is to be united with Jesus in his sufferings through people,who are needy , and experience joy within.

Ellen PHILIP - Feb 19, 2015

Thank you Father Kaz

Fr. David R.Lord, MIC - Feb 19, 2015

Beautiful homily, Father Kaz!!!