A Lenten Journey…

The Liturgical Season of Lent begins this year on February 22nd with Ash Wednesday.  In the Old Testament’s “Book of Joel” we hear the Lenten cry: “return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; rend your hearts, not your garments and return to the Lord, your God.” (Jl 2:12-13).  The word “rend” means to tear apart, split, or separate,usually clothing or hair, as a sign of anger, grief or despair and was common in scriptural times. In this passage God calls for a rending of hearts.  Can we let our hearts be torn, cracked, broken open and laid before the Lord.   What might it mean to “rend” my heart during this Lenten season?

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I love how scripture comes alive with messages for our lives today. In praying with scripture, we are called into deeper relationship with God and others. We are called to the growth in love, hospitality, peace, humility, stewardship and hope. St Benedict's Rule provides a lens for how scripture can be lived in our lives today whether we live inside or outside a monastery.
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