Welcome to the first issue of Kingdom Revelator in 2015. In this issue we focus on the coming season of Lent, a time when Christians traditionally look at their spiritual life and focus on ways to deepen their faith in preparation to celebrate Easter. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, an important day in the Church’s calendar and we present an article that explains the significance of using ashes to mark a cross on our foreheads. We have also included some suggestions for how to approach Lent as a time of new beginnings in your spiritual life. There are the usual inspiring testimonies from young people and following our report on the mission to Punjab in the last issue, Neethu, who was one of the young people who went on the mission, reflects on what she learnt from the people that she encountered in India.
In October 2014 Fr Paul Moss, the Director of Vocations for the Birmingham Archdiocese and some of his team attended the second Saturday Catholic Convention and spoke to many young people. For those who did not get the chance to meet him, he has written an article about discerning our vocation – how to work out what God is asking us to do with our lives, a very important topic for young Christians. A new feature this month is the liturgical calendar on the inside of the front cover. This gives the daily readings so that you can follow the Scripture passages that are read out in Mass every day. We have received feedback from young people asking for more interactive features in the magazine so we have included a page of puzzles towards the end. Please do let us know what you think of these new features.
We thank all those who have sent in contributions to the magazine, we do try to publish as many articles and testimonies as we can, although it may take a few months for them to appear. Please do continue to send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope and pray that God will speak to your heart through this magazine and that your faith will be strengthened. Please pass it on to a friend when you have finished reading it and let us know if you have any suggestions for improvements for future issues.
Written by the editorial team