It’s Lent already?

by Fr. Jim Kent, OFM Conv.

Crucifix at Holy Cross Retreat Center, Mesilla Park, New Mexico
Crucifix at Holy Cross Retreat Center, Mesilla Park, New Mexico

This a familiar lament and a reminder how this penitential season seems to sneak up on us, especially when it comes early.  While we seek ways to fast, pray and give alms, these actions should lead us to constant—even daily—conversion. Scripture speaks of the need for the "daily," whether it's to daily take up our cross or give us our daily bread. Conversion often comes through consistent practices that lead us deeper into the life of discipleship.

Through the cycle of readings as we follow Jesus to Jerusalem, Lent is also a time to reflect upon our own journey of life, death and that ultimate meeting with God.  One way to give us the perspective for such an encounter is to ponder that certainty in solitude.  Such quiet time allows us to unplug and breathe deep the Spirit of God. In busy lives it can be a challenge to even take 15 minutes a day to do this. But how insightful and rewarding it can be.  And as I've heard it said to me: if you're too busy to take these 15 minutes, then you really need to take 30!

May God bless us all in this special season that leads to the Paschal Mystery.

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