Parish of St Matthew the Apostle,
Douglas, Isle of Man

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The Manx Church Magazine - February 1938

My Dear People,

Before the next Magazine is out Lent will be upon us. The usual special leaflet will be issued.

In view of the Mission, I hope this season will be kept even better than it has. I would suggest that we join the Bible Fellowship and so learn to read a portion of scripture each day.

Lent has been called a "Season of Grace". It is a time when we ask ourselves the question " Where am I?" Am I growing in grace and knowledge of spiritual things, or am I just at a standstill?

It is not the fashion to make rules for ourselves, but I am quite sure that it is a good thing to make a rule of life and to revise it in Lent and make some special rule about prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. The Church provides us with the opportunity of special almsgiving by Lenten boxes, but there is the question of prayer and fasting. Try to make some rule about prayer - make them better said, more reverently, less hurriedly. Get up a little earlier to say your prayers, for the morning is the best time to pray because then we are fresh.

Resolve to come during the week to church to say prayers. The best time is at the Eucharist. Then as to fasting, I quite realise that some people, and even Church people, regard fasting as foolish. But at least it helps to discipline the body, and no one can deny that it is needed in these days. Lent rules are not meant to be irksome, formal things, but are ways of reminding us that our bodies "are the temples of the Holy Ghost", and make good servants but bad masters. So, try to make Lent a time of honest spring-cleaning of the soul. A Lent well spent for a happy Easter.

Your sincere friend and Vicar

Lewis C. Watson

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