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Ash Wednesday – February 13, 2013

We have entered into the sacred time of Lent with the celebration of Ash Wednesday. Celebration? Yes! Lent is a season to celebrate our participation in the Paschal Mystery….all that the life, death and resurrection of Jesus has done for us and is teaching us about the beauty of life and God’s call to us to have life to the full.

As has recently been suggested in a homily here at Nazareth, Lent is a time to “get unplugged”. Get unplugged from the many electronic devices that take up our every moment of every day. Lent is a time to step apart and reflect upon all in our lives that we desire to embrace more fully and all in our lives that we need to relinquish. What practices do we fall into that pull us down and what practices do we desire that might make us more whole….more holy.

Lent is not so much a time of “giving up” but rather a time of saying yes to those invitations of the divine we find within ourselves.

As Richard Rohr says in one of his Ash Wednesday meditations:

“You are the desiring of God. God desires through you and longs for Life and Love through you and in you. Allow it, speak it, and you will find your place in the universe of things.” (Wondrous Love)

Spend a few moments with these thoughts this week and notice where the Spirit of Lent, the Spirit of Spring is calling you.

Join us weekly for Lenten meditations here at Nazareth Retreat Center.

Sharon Gray, SCN

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