From the State Deputy
Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means "spring." The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.
Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early Church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism.
Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.
During Lent this year, I challenge each of us to focus on the blessing we have received from the sacrifice of Christ. How do these blessings carry over into all aspects of our daily lives? How can we share our efforts with others who may be looking to join us? Make this Lent about growing our Order. Use every event you have planned this year as a way to recruit. We are looking at (at least) ONE NEW MEMBER from Every council. I know we can do that.
As we celebrate with families and friends, we seek a refreshed spirit and faith to fortify us in these difficult times. With that spirit and faith, we look for the upcoming year to bring opportunities for Knights of Columbus councils to create exciting programs that will remind our members that the Georgia Jurisdiction is the shining star in the crown of the Knights of Columbus.
On behalf of the officers of the Georgia State Council, I wish all my brother Knights and families the most joyous and blessed Lenten Season, and look forward to seeing all of you during what I know will be strong finish to one of our best years yet.
"Be the Prayer that Changes the World.”