|"Lent -- I just can't get into it..."|
|"Okay I'll watch, okay I'll pray. |
Perhaps I am excusing myself now for such thoughts by imagining that I am satisfied with just the joy of group celebration: we rejoice together as a community, as a parish, as a family. But now while I am thinking about how I am “doing” Lent, it is dawning on me that I am missing something. Lent is a recurring season, so could there be a plan to it? What can I compare it to in order to help myself better understand it?
Well, it is Spring and that means only one thing to many people: it is the beginning of another season, the baseball season! Every year the various players come together for a preseason of practice. They spend just about the same amount of time preparing for their season as we spend with Lent. Why do they take all this time and expend all this energy every single year? If you were a good player last year, won’t you be a good player again this year? Those who follow the game religiously know the answer to that question. And, at best, the answer is “iffy.” Players need time to stretch their muscles, tune up their reflexes, challenge their motivation and endurance, but more than that they need to bond with their teammates and enter once more into the culture of the game.
|Spring training for the athlete; spring training for the soul?|
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Well, well, well, I might have just thought myself into a love affair with Lent. God be praised!
Sister Mary Lea Hill, a member of the Daughters of St. Paul since 1964, has enjoyed communicating the faith through a variety of apostolic assignments. Her skills as a story teller were honed as director of audiovisual productions when Pauline Books & Media first produced animated features in the early 80s. An editor and author for many years, Sister Mary Lea has written several books, including Prayer and You, Blessed are the Stressed, Saints Alive: The Gospel Witnessed, Saints Alive: The Faith Proclaimed, and the best-selling Basic Catechism (co-authored with Sister Susan Helen Wallace).