Monday, February 26, 2007

"Led into the desert"

Fr Philip captured the wandering feeling I've always had about Lent. He reflected on last Ash Wednesday's readings and commented how Jesus did not go into the desert not because He wanted to pray there, not because He wanted solitude there (well I won't know this one for sure!), but most likely because He "was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days to be tempted by the devil."

Likewise, Lent has always caught me unprepared; no matter how much we religiously follow the Church's liturgical calendar, Ash Wednesday always drifted in too soon, always at an inconvenient time of my life, and always demanding something beyond the exterior practice of fasting and penance. Fr Philip wrote this inspiring post to remind us that each Lent we are called to face the temptation of evils in our lives. Read the rest for yourself!

For more reflection material this Lent, read our dear Pope's reflection contemplating Christ Crucified.

Have a blessed Lent, everyone!

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