As we prepare for the start of the discipline of Lent, the Ceremonial of Bishops reminds us of the nature of this special season:
“The annual observance of Lent is the special season for the ascent to the holy mountain of Easter. Through its twofold theme of repentance and baptism, the season of Lent disposes both the catechumens (i.e., those preparing to be baptized) and the faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery. Catechumens are led to the sacraments of initiation by means of the Rite of Election, the scrutinies and catechesis. The faithful, listening more intently to the Word of God and devoting themselves to prayer are prepared through a spirit of repentance to renew their baptismal promises.”
In other words, for those of us already baptized, Lent provides us a time to deepen our prayer and grow in a spirit of self-sacrifice so that when we come to Easter, we will celebrate the Death and Resurrection of Christ as the divine gift that gives our life its true meaning and the path to everlasting life.
How will you and I deepen your prayer this Lent? How will you and I develop a spirit of sacrifice and repentance?
We have the balance of this day to decide.
The previous reflection originally appeared on Bishop Frank Caggiano’s Facebook page. Follow the Bishop for daily reflections and weekly videos.