Lent and a Reader’s Inspiration...
Lent has begun, and both for those becoming Christians and those already baptized, our conversion as Christians prompts us to help shape a just world.
Catholics traditionally pray, fast, and give alms during Lent. Those three “pillars” of the Lenten season can take many forms. But true to the “baptismal focus” of Lent—that is, walking in solidarity with those preparing for Baptism, our Lenten penances must be outer-directed. Our own conversion helps prepare us to serve others.
In the Gospel for the First Sunday in Lent, Jesus rejects the devil’s temptations to make his life and ministry all about himself. Rather, Jesus will make of his life a sacrifice of selfless love. That example should guide our Lenten sacrifices as well.
We received the following inspiring email from a reader named Bryan:
“One day I was on the road and decided to stop at a hotel for the night. Next morning, being already well on my way, I lamented the fact that I had misplaced a rosary and my phone charger. There was another rosary but only one charger. Having looked in vain that night I went to sleep wondering where to get a new one.
Next morning I awoke to find my bag open, which I remember closing, and the phone charger placed neatly inside. At first I was utterly amazed and wondered how this could be or if I’d lost my mind. But, really, I think it demonstrated that we’re not alone in this world though it may appear otherwise sometimes.”
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