Cardinal calls on the faithful to repent for sins during Lenten Season
Cardinal Berhaneyesus, C.M., Metropolitan Archbishop of Addis Ababa, President of CBCE and AMECEA Chairman said that lent is a period for Christians to reflect on the lessons we have learnt from Our Lord Jesus Christ and practice them on our day-to-day lives. The Cardinal said this in his message to the faithful on the occasion of the beginning of Lent. According to the Ethiopian Christian Tradition lent begins on February 20, 2017.
“Lent is a period when we should fast and pray leaving aside our worldly desires, we fast because of the love we have for God and during this time we should strongly ask for His Mercy saying Oh God forgive us! At the same time we should make ourselves ready to accept His mercy,” said His Eminence.
He also said that the faithful should make this period an opportunity to make themselves ready for the Ministries entrusted to us in the Gospel, strengthen their faith through spiritual welfare and remember the needy and the less fortunate.
In his message H.Em. Cardinal Berhaneyesus, C.M., also noted that car accidents are becoming one of the main causes of losing lives in Ethiopia; he said “these accidents disrupt the lives of many families as the breadwinner of a family gets injures or passes away and properties are lost, let us pray at this lent period for the intention of decreasing car accidents in our country and for the souls of those who have lost their lives in car accidents.”
He asked that we should recall Our Lord’s teaching “And he said unto them, this kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting” (Mk 9:29) and pray and fast to receive all of God’s blessings for all families, for the sick and for the less fortunate.