Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Lent in The Midst of It all

It is a great gift to be brought up short by the season of Lent. Its been a time of massive dislocation in the world and in our nation. From the ludicrous behavior of Dick Cheney and his gun to the outbreak of a civil war in Iraq (which Cheney also messed up on). There is great confusion about Medicare and its new drug coverage and widespread nevousness about the economy, especially among those who are always hammered first - the poor and the middle class. But still lent arrives, as it has for centuries, to pull us more deeply into the gift of life, to seek a deeper life of prayer and holiness and to ready ourselves once again for redemption and resurrection. We look at the Lenten colors and rituals and we know that these 40 days are decisive. And we pray.