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09 March 2011

A Lighter Lent

My little Lent, Advent, was so dark and so penitential that my actual Lent cannot help but to be lighter. From the dawn of the Christian year until now I have been keeping the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word. (BCP)
What more can I do?
There is always room for more self-denial! I have so much, do so much, want so much.
Yet this is a year of Sabbath for me, a personal and professional Yovel (Jubilee).
How can sabbath-keeping and Lenten discipline co-exist?


  1. Maybe it's because I grew up Baptist, but I tend to lean into Lent as a journey, alongside Jesus, from the beginning to the seeming end, to the new beginning. Would that help?

  2. "Leaning into it" is wonderful language. The recovering control freak in me wants to Do something and to be able to know, plan and control the discipline. IT will be a trusting Lent.

  3. I am hoping for a "quieting" Lent.