Lenten Days of Fasting & Reparation
17 Feb 2018
The Australian Catholic Bishops have declared the first four days of Lent this year to be special days of fasting and reparation in sorrow for child sexual abuse and for the healing of victims. These days will begin on Ash Wednesday (February 14) and conclude on Saturday February 17.
With the Royal Commission concluded, our country and our Church enter into a new moment. We are calling upon the Catholic community in Australia to embrace this new moment by beginning the penitential season of Lent with four days of fasting and reparation. These are spiritual practices which express our desire for God’s reconciling andhealing grace.
Through fasting, we stand in solidarity with the victims and survivors of abuse whose much deeper hunger is for healing and peace in their lives. Through reparation, we make amends for the sin of those in the Church who abused children or failed to listen and act when they should have.
The days of fasting and reparation in sorrow for child sexual abuse and for the healing of victims and survivors will be marked by prayer – in our homes and in our Catholic communities.