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Monday, March 19, 2012

The Mid-Point of Lent: Pausing to Evaluate the Journey

We have just celebrated Laetere Sunday.  That means that we are halfway there.  The Laetere period begins the Wednesday before the fourth Sunday of Lent, and ends the Wednesday after.  This Thursday, we return to the desert.

Calthaleaf Phacelia, Death Valley
By Dawn Endico from Menlo Park, California (Calthaleaf Phacelia  Uploaded by PDTillman)
 [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
How are you doing this Lent? This midpoint is a perfect time for reflection, for looking back on the plans that you had made, and reevaluating.

It is easy to be hard on oneself over this Lent business, but it is also easy to get caught up in the business of the day, and lose track of ones path.

Life is about reevaluation and course correction.

As the stores fill with Easter candy and baskets...we are tempted to jump the gun. But, we are not there the foot of the cross.  We have quiet contemplation remaining to do.  The fasting is not finished.  Sit with me in the desert a bit longer friends.

Some suggestions for the remainder of Lent:

*  Read the epistle of James
*  Make plans for your Lenten housecleaning (the one that involves your house, not your soul!)  The traditional time for the Lenten housecleaning is the first three days (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday of Holy Week), but...a thorough cleaning may need to be started earlier!  More to come on the tradition of Lenten "spring cleaning".
*  Hold "fast" to your fasting commitments.  Fasting blesses the soul.
*  If you have not yet started an alms box, do so now.  Lent is about giving.
*  Commit to deepening your prayer life.  Consider getting up 15 minutes early for the remainder of Lent, to engage in prayer.

Stay the course, friends!  We will soon kneel at the foot of the cross.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for reminding me to pause and take stock. I was thinking just this morning that Lent has slipped through my fingers this week. Too much of the busy and I needed this reminder to slow down and contemplate.


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