Thursday, February 14, 2013

Got Ash?

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

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