FR. ADRIAN’S CORNER, MARCH 1, 2020  ST. LINUS CATHOLIC CHURCH, NORWALK, CA

FR. ADRIAN’S CORNER, MARCH 1, 2020 ST. LINUS CATHOLIC CHURCH, NORWALK, CA

Lent: A “Turning Point” of Christian Life

  1. There is a rhythm to life. Lent is an important part of that rhythm in the spiritual life of one who seeks God. Lent is about holding life in perspective. It is a time for fasting to focus our whole being. It is a time for silence to sharpen and sensitize our consciousness. It is a time to depend on God and not our own arrogance.
  1. Lent is about profound change at our inmost being. It is about achieving freedom and passing from death to life, as did Jesus, but the process may be painful. Lent is a holy time for community. It is a time to renew and strengthen the religious center of gravity that holds us as community in the common search for God. The desert experience will bring us to that authentic “listening” that is a mark of our spirituality. This deep listening makes us vulnerable. We will see with sharp focus the almost imperceptible signs of God’s reign breaking in our world. We associate a sense of solitude with the desert. Solitude can be terrifying in this culture of noise and crowded rooms.
  1. Lent is God’s call to us to recognize the truth of our lives, to get in touch with the ways in which we have lost our truth, our ideals and our connection with community. This is a spiritual journey searching the innermost corners of our heart.
  1. Lent is not a sad time but a silent time. It is a time to go deep within the interior desert of our soul. It can put us in touch with our real hunger. It can stir in us the courage to confront what keeps us from following the Christ to Jerusalem.
  1. Lent makes room in our life for God and frees us for the fasting that fills our hearts with compassion. Fasting is an ancient tradition in monastic life. It is an asceticism to discover our real hunger. Our Lenten fasting is rooted in experiencing hunger for food, but that is only a metaphor. We are hungry so that we might discover what we truly need. Can we fast from our own selfish pursuits and create a greater concern for others?
  1. Lent is a call to holiness (wholeness). Let this Lent be an honest time in which we use the season to ponder and make new decisions that will bring us to wholeness. The capacity to forgive and ask for forgiveness is acknowledgement that we have broken bonds and the rupture diminishes us as persons. It is an opportunity for putting back together the world that we have damaged by our actions.
  1. Lent is a time of repentance, of rending our hearts, opening them to God’s mercy and forgiveness and opening them to our sisters and brothers. Forgiveness presumes a horizon larger than self. It is a decision for freedom. If the essence of freedom is choice, then the object of freedom is commitment. “Repentance is an absolute, spiritual decision made in truthfulness. Its motivations are remorse for the past and responsibility for the future.” Lent is a time to take back the pieces of our lives that have been given over to what is not of God. Each of us knows what is not right in our life.
WITH CHRIST UNTO THE CROSS AND BEYOND, RETREAT – ST. LINUS CHURCH, NORWALK, CA

WITH CHRIST UNTO THE CROSS AND BEYOND, RETREAT – ST. LINUS CHURCH, NORWALK, CA


A retreat refreshes and revitalizes and allows the opportunity for more time spent in prayer and deepens one’s relationship with God.  Leave behind the usual distractions we all face for a time to allow relaxation, conversion of the heart and for deepening your faith.  

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