It Is Lent Again!
So here we are once again hearing about giving up, denying, sacrificing, repenting, changing and penance…..Sigh!
I suggest we take a new approach this Lent. Begin by asking yourself if you have had some kind of vacation or holiday this year? Did you leave your familiar surroundings to go somewhere else for the purpose of becoming refreshed? While on vacation did you get more sleep, find emotional space to take stock of one’s life? Did you take time to do some reading, notice nature, maybe commune more with God? Did the time away give you greater appreciation for your family and the people in your life? If the answer is “yes” well then this is exactly what the Church offers us each Lent.
Gerard Hughes calls this time “Seven Weeks for the Soul.” In his little book by this same title he says: “There are times on our journey when we must get our bearings so that we can continue on our way less frustrated and more at peace, less grumpy and more content, less downcast and more joyful.” Lent can be a time that “…sets us free from our self-imposed slavery, enabling us to live more fully and to discover the joy of God that Christ promised his followers.”
So in addition to listing those things from which we shall fast, we can also list how we may be feasting this Lent. I am going to try to fast from making judgments and to feast on recognizing the goodness in others. I am hoping this “discipline” will lead me to greater patience and compassion.
What will be your fasts and feasts for the next 7 weeks?
Joan, Mike and Nick