A different way to deepen your faith in the 40 days leading up to Easter.
Lent is a solemn observance that lasts for 40 days, beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending before Easter Sunday. As Pope Francis stated, “Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy.” It’s also a time for reflection and preparation before the celebration of Easter. It’s a wonderful season to spend a few minutes each day pondering our faith, reflecting on God’s love and reading the Gospel.
There are many ways to reflect and prepare for Easter. This year, why not try something new? Join me in selecting one word for each day of Lent to reflect on. These words should relate to the season, for example: faith, love, mercy, joy, self-control, patience, doubt and justice. In reflecting on these words, you can choose to write down your thoughts, search the Scriptures for biblical texts that contain the word and even draw or paint what the word means. We are enriched by the different ways we see and experience our faith.
The purpose of this spiritual plan for Lent is to draw us closer to the Lord and help us think about God’s love for us. I hope this Lenten season will awaken you spiritually and deepen your faith.
Lord, be with us as we begin Lent. Help us to pray, fast, serve and reflect on our chosen words and Your love for us.