Wednesday, February 09, 2005

"The Season of Lent"

Today we celebrate Ash Wednesday; the first day of lent - a forty-day season of preparation for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. It offers us all a very special opportunity to grow in our relationship with God and to deepen our commitment to a way of life, rooted in our baptism. In our busy world, Lent provides us with an opportunity to reflect upon our patterns, to pray more deeply, experience sorrow for what we've done and failed to do, and to be generous to those in need. It's also traditional to give up something(s) that we do a lot of and that we find pleasure in. This "giving up" is done : as a discipline for learning self-control, to free our minds from the chase after material things, as a reminder of Christ's sufferings and what our true pleasures are as followers of Christ, as an act of sorrow over our sin. Sometimes we don't notice how certain things we do have gained power over us and dictate our actions. In Lent, we discover these things and give them up so that God can be in charge. The most common thing is to fast for Lent. To us Catholics, this means giving up meats for the season (or just on Fridays) or to fast entirely for one day a week. For me, fasting is tough, because I enjoy eating. I'd suggest giving up pizza pie or fast food or snacks (betcha you can't do it...). If giving up food isn't much of a task for you, choose something else that you have to make an effort to give up. For many people, that means 40 days without :

impulse shopping
catalog shopping
dance clubbing

--- anything that most relates to a sin that's especially sticky for you. Whatever that is, it is where your Lenten discipline must be centered. For instance, this year my detachment discipline will be about my finances.

What will you give up for Lent?

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