Lent means “springtime” – coming to new life after winter. It marks the forty days before Easter, commemorating Jesus’ forty days in the desert and the Israelites forty years in the desert wilderness.
Lent is meant to be an experience. We are urged to pray, to do penance, and to sacrifice. With Jesus we make the passage from death to life. Our weaknesses and sinfulness are not the focus, but a catalyst for growth. Lent can be a challenge for us; a time to invite Jesus into some area in our lives in need of growth.
Pope Francis has declared that the season of Lent during this Jubilee Year should also be lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God’s mercy. Let us enter into this Lenten season with a spirit of doing more rather than giving up things, with a spirit of care and compassion for all people. May this Lenten season be a source of mercy, consolation and peace for us as we move forward as a community of faith, hope and love.
Have a happy and blessed Lent!
Sr. Pat Schifini, OSU