Yes, yes … I know that despite all reason last week I committed to some practical tips on selecting your threefold Lenten observance – penance, prayer, almsgiving – but this is not that post … sigh.
From the mid fifth century comes this excellent Lenten instruction:
Initially men are made new by the rebirth of baptism. Yet there is still required a daily renewal to repair the shortcomings of our moral nature, and whatever degree of progress has been made there is no one who should not be more advanced. All must therefore strive to ensure that on the day of redemption no one may be found in the sin of his former life.
This comes from St. Leo the Great, pope at time of tremendous growth in the church.
While it is true that Lent began nearly a week ago on Ash Wednesday, every day – including today – is a great time for closer examining our Lenten practices more closely, and if necessary dialing them up.
While it may seem like a real struggle sometimes, it is precisely in this struggle that we make progress, and the struggle itself which has real value.
So let’s try that again … hopefully more soon, very soon.