One Week till Lent!

So what’s your thought?
I’m starting to consider what I should “give-up” or “take-up” for lent. In years past, I’ve tried to do both. You know, give up a couple of things and take up a couple good habits.
On the whole, I deeply appreciate the yearly liturgical rhythm of Lent. There is something about putting things away, taking a break from other things, and committing myself to the works of justice towards God, self, and others.
And what do you make of this quote by Merton on the unity of the Church as her Lent?
“I think of the unity of the Church in this her Lent (the lesson from the book of Joel brings this out: “Blow the trumpet and call the people together for the great fast!”). The whole Church is called together and we realize that our Lent is united with the suffering of the martyrs and the fasts of the desert fathers and the good works and penances of all the saints. Whatever I can give to God and to other men is only the effect and manifestation in me of the power of the Passion of Jesus. I would reply to his action, and let him show Himself in my life. This He will do in a way I have expected and not expected; planned and not planned; desire and not desired.
My decisions do not anticipate His coming: the manifest that He has come, if they be His decisions.”
So, you lentin’?
joshua c
Also: Do you have a song you’ll be reflecting on for lent? Is this one? Other thoughts?

One thought on “One Week till Lent!

  1. I love this season that is upon us, in all its giving up and takin on. I do both, and I wait for the Spirit to show up on Ash Wednesday and speak to me in the dust and dirt, the silence and gathered. I’ll let you know what comes and look forward to what you decide. Peace.

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