Lent is a time to be aware of the need of others, to give alms and use our resources of talents, time and treasure to serve those in need. It is a time to walk in the “shoes of the other”. Lent is our time to carry the suffering of the world. It is up to us to feed the hungry, to care for children on the streets, it is a time to pray for our government leadership and those of the world; we pray that all hearts may be softened so ALL people can live in dignity and peace.
Joan Chittister says, “Lent does not permit us luxury..Lent ends in the shadow of an empty cross and in the sunrise of an empty tomb. There are great things to be done by us and each of them takes great effort, requires great struggle, we will face great resistance. But the way to the empty tomb goes through the mount of the cross”.. and ends in resurrection. May we take each day as a gift from God with gratitude, patience, compassion, hope, commitment and truth.