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“What Shall We Do for Lent?”

“Lent is not a temporary affectation of gloom or a brisk interlude for self-improvement. It is being in the wilderness, which means stopping long enough to recognize the truth of our inertia and faithlessness. This deadness inside is a fact. On Ash Wednesday we are called to face this fact–but then what? What shall we do? … True repentance, true change of heart, consists in grasping the fact that we are called to be in love with God, and that the love with which we love God is something already given to us…Repentance is coming alive to our given identity as lovers of God.”

~ Martin L. Smith, SSJE, from a sermon on Lent