Lent Season in the Eyes of a MotherThursday, April 17, 2014
The lent season is one of the longest holidays celebrated in the Philippines. It is also one of the most meaningful and intimate season to Filipinos, most especially Catholics since it's the time to re-think, repent and rejoice for the gift of life of Jesus for us to regain our salvation.
Nowadays most young individuals see this season as a time away from work. It is one of the few occasions where they get the chance to go home and be with their families, go to the beach, visit friends and simply enjoy the days away from the troubles and stress that comes with city living.
As a mother, I see the lent season differently. Yes I do enjoy time away from work and the quality time I have for the kids especially now that they are on vacation. But most importantly, as a mother and as a Catholic, I see the lent season as a time for repentance, a time to go and reflect on the things that we did wrong in the past, a time to surrender this bad things to the Lord, and a time to heal and be one with him again.
In life, people do make mistakes. Something inevitable and something we could hardly avoid. I guess that flaws come with being human beings. We are not perfect. We bend and we sometimes break. Lent season is the time when we realize all those mistakes and ask God for forgiveness. Something He would never deprive as of.
The lent season is a constant reminder of how good and how forgiving our Saviour Jesus Christ is. He gave up his life to bring us to salvation. It is as simple fact we all are aware of. That is what I want to teach and instil my children with. Lent is not just an anticipated holiday season that happens to fall on summer. It is a time to remember the things God sacrificed for us. It is a time to reflect and a time to start all over again and become better people.