We live in the Information Age and having access to more and more information is a great value for us. Maybe that's why we find the season of Lent to be such a challenge. It is truly counter-cultural! Lent calls for transformation, not information. We are being called to change our hearts and our lives. It would be so much easier if Lent would just call us to learn more about ourselves. Then we could read a book or take a self-help class and feel that we are in the Lenten spirit.
But Lent does not function in that realm. Instead this holy season calls us to set aside our self-serving attitudes and move out to serve others. Lent calls us to simplify our meals and our lives so that we will have more time for prayer and works of mercy. Lent keeps provoking and challenging us to move to deeper levels of prayer, fasting and works of charity. Lent calls us to transform ourselves so that we can carry the cross with Christ and rise with Him on Easter Sunday.
Fr. Jerry Schik, o.s.c.