I laughed at this offbeat introduction, but I know that I have often been guilty of wanting to leap frog over the tough times and get right to the triumph, victory, and celebration. I’ve found one of the greatest struggles I face when it comes to suffering is to go through it without complaining or begging God to take it away. Truth be told, I’m more likely to ask for the pain to be removed, at least for a while, than for the grace to accept the strength, courage, and hope I need to endure it.
I’m grateful for this season of Lent, which encourages us to look at the depth of unconditional love showered upon us by the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Christ was without sin, yet He underwent tremendous suffering in mind, body, and spirit, in order to free us from our sins. What better way to remember His Ultimate Sacrifice than to focus more of our time and energy on prayer, fasting, and almsgiving? Kevin and I are planning on doing one of our favorite Friday evening practices in Lent, going to Mass and Stations of the Cross at St. Benedict’s, then going with Fr. Kauffman down to the 40 Days for Life vigil to pray, then having a simple supper together.
Lord, thank You for this season of sacrifice, simplicity, and sacred silence which invites us into an ever-deeper relationship with You. Amen.