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Lent - 2019

What is Lent?

Lent is our time of preparation. A 40-day journey of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, Lent is a journey that spans Ash Wednesday through Holy Week, culminating in the great celebration of Easter. As Catholics, the spiritual pillars of prayer, fasting and almsgiving guide us in daily reflection on our own lives as we strive to deepen our relationship with God and neighbor—no matter where in the world that neighbor may live.

Lent ultimately leads to Easter—and the hope of the Resurrection. And as Catholics, we are called to share that hope with every member of our global human family.

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Lenten Meditation - Week 1

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LENT I:        imagine

by Andy Alexander, SJ, Maureen McCann Waldron

 

Just imagine that this Lent is going to be different from every other Lent we have experienced. Imagine that there will be many graces offered us this year. Let us even imagine that God is going to help transform our lives, with greater freedom, greater joy, and deeper desires for love and service.

Preparing our hearts is a process of preparing our desires. This means practicing our sense of anticipation. If we imagine Lent as an "ordeal" or a time to dread in some way, then we have already pre-disposed ourselves to not get very much out of it. These days before Lent are a time to start anticipating something wonderful that is about to happen.

This year’s Lent can be different. It will take an openness to God’s grace, and a deep desire to receive what is being offered to us throughout the season. However, if we do these things, God’s desire for our hearts and our desire for greater union with God will meet. Lent will no longer feel like a burden, but rather a blessing.

 

Lenten Meditation - Week 2

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LENT II:      invited by God”

by Andy Alexander, SJ, Maureen McCann Waldron

 

Lent is a wonderful season of grace for us when we give ourselves to it. And we give ourselves to it when we want it badly enough. We need to prepare our hearts. We can do so by realizing how much we want to grow in freedom, how much we need to lighten our spirits and experience real joy, and how much some parts of our lives really need changing.

Lent is a season of being invited by God in a deeply personal way. “Come back to me, with all of your heart,” our Lord beckons.  “We will,” we respond, but we are not quite ready; our hearts are not prepared. We want to squirm, evade, avoid. We note that our souls are not yet perfect. We may think we are not ready for God to love us.

God wants us to realize that our standards, our ways of judging and loving, are very different from God’s way, and so much smaller. God loves each one of us. For this entire Lenten season, for an entire lifetime, God loves each one of us.