A Joyful Lent?

Here's a very brief video I did last year for Loyola Press, who asked me to speak on what it might mean to be joyful during Lent, traditionally a "sad" time.  Here is my suggestion.  We at America join with you in prayer during this Lent, that we may all draw closer to Christ.

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Thomas Hart
8 years 5 months ago
Very nice. Saint Benedict calls it "The Joy of Lent."
Joe Garcia
8 years 5 months ago
Excellent, practical, succint. Thanks, Father.
AMDG,
8 years 5 months ago
Thanks, Fr. Martin.  Inspiring  :)
Ash Kuruvilla
8 years 5 months ago
Dear Fr. Martin,
Thanks for reminding this lost truth :) I will keep it in mind and act on it whenever the occasion presents this lenten season.
Regards,
Ash
 
Margaret Riordan
8 years 5 months ago
Thanks for that positive reflection, which I found inspiring. I struggle with all sorts of things-Catholic, and the over-emphasis on 'giving up' for Lent is one thing that never made much sense. But teaming it with 'giving away' puts a whole different slant on it.
Last year during Lent I printed off something from a church newsletter that also promoted a positive approach. I will just quote a few lines: "Give up complaining- focus on gratitude. Give up harsh judgments- think kindly thoughts. Give up bitterness- turn to forgiveness." The lines from that newsletter I have on my desk in front of me- and I often read them, and they have helped me all year.
Margaret
 

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