Monsi reminds Catholics of Lenten Season’s significance PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 February 2013 10:32

Yesterday. Ash Wednesday, signalled the start of the Lenten Season and servant-leader Monsi dela Cruz reminds the Catholic faithful in Zamboanga City of its spiritual significance which is a prelude to Holy Week wherein the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is observed the world over.

Monsi said that this season of Lent is a time of prayers, meditation and fasting or abstinence with the intention of cleansing one’s spirit and coming closer to God.

“It is a 40-day observance leading to Holy Week which starts with Palm Sunday on March 24 and ends with Easter Sunday on March 31,” said Monsi, a former priest. In between are the solemn observance of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Black Saturday.

The servant-leader stressed that this season is as important as the Christmas season because the Catholic faithful recalls the sacrifices of Jesus Christ which underwent to redeem the sins of mankind.

“The season is highlighted by the joyful celebration of Easter Sunday, the day that Christ resurrected from death,” Monsi said.

Since this is also a political season, Monsi said, candidates should conduct their campaign with clean and decent approaches instead of resorting to dirty tricks and black propaganda.

“The season of Lent is significant also in a way it reminds politicians running for positions to conduct a high level of campaign... to respect their rivals and not to destroy them,” Monsi said.

Monsi, despite his resignation from the ministry, has maintained his prayerful personality. He starts the day with prayer and meditation in his private chapel. He celebrated his 58th birthday last February 1 with a mass co-celebrated by six former colleague-priests.

The servant-leader is running for a congressional seat in the first district of Zamboanga City.