Fifty years ago today, March l, my parents were informed that my 20 year old brother, a United States Marine, had been killed in Vietnam. The world stopped while we waited for his remains to come home, for the wake and funeral to take place, and eventually for life, forever changed, to resume again. This new life called for an immense conversion for us as we adjusted and dealt with the anti-war movement so prevalent in the country. And it was a time of letting go of the old ways. Today, as we begin Lent with Ash Wednesday, we are aware of the dying and rising we are asked to embrace. We resist the letting go, perhaps of things we consider precious, but the letting go will allow us to change and adjust to new ways of living which will eventually lead us to deeper faith and fuller life.
May we embrace the opportunity to grow during this time of Lent that is being offered to us. May you receive many blessings during these days.
KM Donohue, OSU