Intro to Lent

Mark Shea has a nice article over at Catholic Exchange which gives a basic intro to the season of Lent. Some quotes:

I can empathize … it’s tough to say, “Gather round, everybody! It’s time to fast and contemplate our mortality!” …

… During the Lenten season, the best guide is probably to focus on the normal activities at a healthy Catholic parish…

… Lent recalls His (Christ’s) time in the desert, fasting and preparing for His mission of death and resurrection. In the same way, we are to enter into a time of preparation for the Easter mysteries through the three great means of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving…

… The idea is greater detachment from the world, the flesh, and the devil and greater attachment to God by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Lent is that simple, and that hard.

One More Thing

StClement1.jpg From the earliest days of the Church (first century) comes some sound guidance. In particular, this morning’s Office of the Readings was from the first letter to the Corinthians by St. Clement (late in the first century):

Brothers, we should be humble in mind, putting aside all arrogance, pride, and foolish anger …

Let us keep our eyes firmly fixed on the Father and Creator of the whole universe, and hold fast to his splendid and transcendent gifts of peace and all his blessings.


Intro to Lent

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