Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Never Too Late to Lent Well

It’s Never Too Late to Lent Well 

I’ve noticed a common pattern for Lent in my own discipleship and, by offering spiritual direction and counsel to many others.  We get to the 5th Sunday of Lent…and sometimes realize that our Lenten practice hasn't been what we hoped it would be.  We haven’t prayed as much or in the ways we thought we should.  Our CRS Rice Bowls aren’t as full as we promised they’d be.  We haven’t fasted, might have even missed a Friday of abstaining from meat.  In our case, we might have found ourselves complaining even with the purple bracelet on our wrists Our tendency is to throw up our hands and say, ‘Well – maybe next year.’  And then, we give up.  But friends, that misses the very point of the holy season of Lent. 

You see – all of living the life of Christ is a pattern of walking, falling, getting up, brushing off, and beginning again.  Part of the lasting benefit of Lent is practicing the ‘getting up, brushing off, and beginning again’ pattern, so that we can live it every day of our lives.  It’s a pattern that helps us return with regularity to the Confessional, and to keep growing in holiness and fidelity to the Gospel.  (Speaking of Confession:  Have you been?  Remember, the Church reminds us to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation at least once a year to remain in right relationship with the sacraments.)

So…however your Lenten journey has unfolded so far, its never time to give up, and always time to begin again.  In these last weeks of Lent, what prayer, fasting, and almsgiving (and avoiding the poison of complaining) can you embrace to prepare you for a Holy Easter? 

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