I love Lent. It’s kind of like spring cleaning for the soul. I remember our parish priest at the Newman Center starting us off on Lent with 3 suggestions: start doing one thing that is a personal challenge, stop (give up) doing another, and do one thing that is a complete secret between you and God. Then he would lean forward and say, “And I don’t mean giving up watermelon and one-armed women.”
A few days ago on Sacred Space, my one-stop website for a bit of daily bread, the scripture was about learning to live without all the attachments of the world – to “travel lightly,” without the burdens of anxiety, greed, worldliness. I find myself needing to travel lightly – some personal disappointments of late have left me feeling resentful and overwhelmed with burdens I thought would be eased. So my personal challenge for Lent will be to start traveling lightly. I have already decided what to give up, but it also includes the 3rd challenge – to keep it a secret between me and my God. So there you are. Good luck to all of us travelers.