Lent is now over and we’re in the extended season of Easter. Here’s a final thought along with a review of the topics I’ve written about during Lent.
Darkness Into Light
Each year, the celebration of Easter reminds us of the triumph of light over darkness, of good over evil. On Holy Saturday, the Church keeps watch, marking the passage of Christ’s death to life and celebrating the resurrection. The common metaphor of light representing goodness (or enlightenment) and darkness representing evil (or ignorance) is powerful… Continue reading Darkness Into Light
Staying Awake with Suffering?
How do we stay awake to the suffering that is an integral part of the final week of Lent?
Once we get good at listening to God, the next step in staying awake is trusting what we hear.
Listening to Your Life
A practice closely related to listening to God is listening to our own life. Last week I wrote about the need to be attentive so we can hear when God “speaks” to us. Today I’ll examine the corresponding need to be attentive and listen to what our life tells us. The gospel reading for the… Continue reading Listening to Your Life
Listening To God
One facet of staying awake is being present enough to what is happening so that we can hear what God is saying to us. In the gospels, the phrase “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!” is repeated by Jesus multiple times (Mk 4:9, Mk 4:23, Mt 11:15, Mt 13:9, Lk 14:35). This phrase always… Continue reading Listening To God
Savoring Our Moments
Savoring is a specific practice I’m cultivating in my Lenten journey to stay awake and present. Very often, our days become routine – we do the same things repeatedly and even think the same way. This makes time appear to pass very quickly. Savoring is a way to break out of the dullness of too… Continue reading Savoring Our Moments
We must learn to be ok with some discomfort if we want our lives to change.
Staying Attentive To How We Spend Our Time
Ash Wednesday prompts us to reexamine how we spend our time, money, and energy. Are our actions in line with our priorities?
Staying Awake During Lent
The liturgical season of Lent begins next week. In the Catholic Church, Lent consists of forty days stretching from Ash Wednesday to Holy Thursday (the start of the Triduum, which culminates in Easter Sunday). This season is based on the forty days that Jesus spent fasting and praying in the desert, preparing for the start… Continue reading Staying Awake During Lent