Holy Week is here ... Lent will soon be done
But am I any different than when it all began over 40 days ago?
That was my musing this morning. Did my Lenten sacrifices - prayers, almsgiving, and fasting - transform me? Did they prepare me for the coming Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday)? Most importantly have the readied my heart to rise again with Jesus on Easter -- a new creation in Christ?
Lent and the expectation of the coming of Spring, maybe because I live in a seasonal location, have always co-existed in my heart. Lent starts often in the harshness of winter - cold, long, dark nights. Easter arrives after daylight savings and (usually) the last snow fall. Flowers and trees are budding, maybe even flowering, and there is an emerging from the cocoon like feel to the world.
But have I changed? Has this time of no television, extra prayer and attention to participating in the Sacraments, awoken something in my heart. What will my spiritual practices look like going forward?
Three Quick Lenten Takeaways (from Lent 2016 & 2018)
Your Turn: What are Your Takeaways from Lent?