LENT 3rd Week Friday – “Are We There Yet…?”

Path in snow 2  So, here we are on the 24th day of Lent.  How long, O Lord!!!

How goes your Lenten resolutions?  By now, they should be dead in the water.  Praying every day.  Fasting.  Almsgiving.  Yep.  Down the tubes.  It’s time to feel defeated and remorseful.  “I should have done better.”  Minimize the failure, yet feel bad enough to keep the drama going.  Ah, forget about it.


This is the perfect time for reflection.  Is it only about winning?

What if Lent is NOT about self-ennobling by winning over our faults, sins, bad habits, character defects, unskillful behaviors, etc.?  What if it’s NOT about cleaning up our acts, purging our faults, tightening the lid, ratcheting up our practice simply to appear good before God?

What if Lent is about the glad acceptance of our creatureliness?  The blessed humiliation that we are not in control?  The joy of being wrong about gaining God’s favor.  (Thank you, James Alison)  All this in order to be loved within the mystery of our ongoing pretense that we “Got it together.”

Just a thought.  Happy Lent! –roc,sj


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


composer ~ author ~ educator

Perfect Chaos

The Blog of Author Steven Colborne

Gretchen McCulloch

Internet Linguist


Joy is the product of enduring faith.


AM Roselli's art & writing site

lillian the home poet

rejuvenatement - not retirement

The Feels

Feel Good News 24/7

Elihu's Corner

press on to know the lord

Under Reconstruction

Hope isn't an emotion, but a daily choice.

Timothy R. Baldwin

teacher and writer


Sharing My Love of Symbols

The Lace In My Head Mirrors the Cosmic Mind

The cosmos is also within us. We are made of star dust. We are a way that the cosmos can know itself. Carl Sagan

Disarmed by Love

A force like no other. To be known and loved.

Live the Essentials

Mishaps and adventures of Deacon Jonas Verdeflor, an Oblates of the Virgin Mary

Post it Notes from my Idiot Boss

delivered directly to my computer monitor on an all too regular basis...

Envisioning The American Dream

A visual remix of the American Dream as pictured in Mid Century Media

Before the Downbeat

Thoughts on music, creativity, imagination, and exploring the space between the notes.

%d bloggers like this: