How is your Lent going?[H/t the Anchoress, who has some great insights of her own.]
Right about now is when the newness and fervor start to wear off. We've left the ashes in the bathroom sink – or maybe on the pillow. The things we gave up – chocolate, TV, deserts – are starting to look better and better. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Maybe you're dreaming about Ben and Jerry. Maybe you've even fallen off the wagon and splurged on Chubby Hubby or Cherry Garcia and felt the morning-after guilt.
A lot of us find ourselves in that situation during Lent – suddenly doing something out of habit that we had sworn to give up. Fundamentalists might call it backsliding. But I think it's part of what makes us human -- what makes our Lenten journey so challenging – and so vital.
And it is, first and foremost, a journey.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
From Deacon Greg's homily for the second Sunday of Lent: