Lent is almost upon us again

It’s been a month since I posted anything. Rarely for me, I just haven’t had anything to say. It happens. I still don’t have much to say. Maybe once Lent begins.

Lent is fast approaching and will be here in less than a week. After this Sunday there will be fasting on Ash Wednesday, along with abstinence from meat then and all Fridays of Lent (along with fasting again on Good Friday). There will be no more Gloria at Mass until Holy Thursday, and no more Hallelujah either.

It’s about time to decide what extra I’m going to do for Lent this year. Out of prayer, fasting, and alms-giving, I think I need to concentrate on prayer the most right now.

Lent is a wonderful time to remind ourselves that we “ain’t all that”. Prayer, fasting, and alms-giving (the three practices/pillars of Lent) call us to show love by stepping aside for a time to allow someone else to take center stage. Love is a gift offered for the sake of another, after all, not for the sake of the self.

Satan and the other fallen angels are always tempting us to be selfish like them. Our own fallen state acts as an obstacle to loving in the way that God intended us to love. But neither the influence of a fallen angel nor the imperfections of our own intellect and will can prevent us from loving if we truly wish to do so. When we truly wish to love, God offers us the grace to make it happen and then waits for us to use it.

I pray that we do so.