Sharing a Lenten Reflection With The DHS

Lenten poster“But now, now – it is Yahweh who speaks. Come back to me with all your heart, fasting, weeping, mourning…Let your hearts be broken, not your garments torn, turn to Yahweh your God again, for he is all tenderness and compassion, slow to anger, rich in graciousness, and ready to relent.” (Joel 2:  12 – 13)

The season of Lent is upon us as we observe Ash Wednesday on February 18th. The word “Lent” for most of us life-long Catholics easily rolls off our tongues. Lent arrives every year with some people just going through the same motions year after year.
The dictionary defines Lent as “a season of fasting and penitence.” Let us ponder just what that really means. We humans are fallible and  as such guilty of assorted wrongdoings. And yet, God so loved us that he sent his only son to save us. The very thought that someone would go through the horrible agony and death that Jesus did out of love for us is overwhelming. Now what do we do in return in thanks for this marvelous gift?

lenten posterMany of us grew up with the idea that the way to observe Lent was to give up something we loved such as candy, movies… Some of us wore the fact like a merit badge: “I didn’t eat a single piece of chocolate all during Lent!”. Today, why not look at our Lenten practice differently as we give  instead of giving up, or as we do something rather than refraining from a particular act. This giving or doing might focus on others, doing something for someone else. Giving and doing for others takes us out of ourselves and helps to enhance our relationship with others and with God.

An area one could focus on during Lent is to work upon attitude changes, to strive to develop more positive attitudes in regard to certain issues, people, ways of doing things or living. Lent’s forty days provide each and every one of us with ample time to experience a fruitful, loving period of penitence in giving thanks for Redemption. 

“Now is the favorable time; This is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians  6:2)
Why not consider sharing your Lenten attitudes and reflections with us via an e—mail. What is your favorite Lenten practice and why?  What are some of your goals and objectives during this preparation for Easter?
You may send your comments/reflections to Sr Marian who prepared our Lenten Reflection at or to


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