We have officially begun Lent 2013. Have you been marked? Marked with the sign of the cross? Signed with Ashes? Are there any remnants of the ashes a few days later? Probably not - at least visibly.
Yet, we were signed not only physically, but our showing up says something beyond Ash Wednesday - the first day of Lent. Spiritually we have signed on to take seriously a season of the church that is truly up lifting.
For me Lent is a time to seek, to trust, to believe in a renewed way God's grace is with me. I approach this season as a time for growth - to stretch through Lent's call to fast, pray and give.
One spiritual practice that I am doing during Lent is reading and praying with scripture using Lectio Divina with two books of the Bible: The Book of Wisdom and the Gospel of John. The first because I pray for wisdom each time someone comes for spiritual direction and the second for the opportunity to ponder with the writer of this Gospel - the Word made flesh and dwelling among us.
What will be your focus in these 40 days of spiritual opportunity?
Roberta A. Popara, O.P.
North Palm Beach FL