At this time, Christians throughout the world are observing a time called Lent which is translated as the “spring.” In the Northern hemisphere, Lent comes at the same time as the spring time in nature. Lent is meant to be a time for awakening new life in our soul. Letting go of the useless and excessive in our lives, in order to free ourselves for a fresh, new life, is the invitation to all Christians. Often Lent includes the practice of fasting. Fasting during Lent is meant to affect those aspects of our lives that are burdening and weighing us down. We can fast from eating excessive food or excessive drink, curbing our use of entertainment with TV and other electronic gadgets. We can be fasting from words and thoughts that are harmful or useless. Lent is meant to be a spring time of renewal for our soul. Happy Lenten season.
By Joyce Iten, OSB