Amid the drizzly gray of March in the Northwest, Lent can feel like a dreary slog — especially if we’re just going through the motions, maybe giving something up out of habit, but otherwise passively drifting through the season.
But the church calls us to a different attitude. This is a time for hopeful and decisive action. The opening prayer for Mass on Ash Wednesday sets the stage and raises the stakes for our observance of Lent:
“Grant, O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting this campaign of Christian service, so that, as we take up battle against spiritual evils, we may be armed with weapons of self-restraint.”
Through the practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving highlighted in this issue of Northwest Catholic, we can unite ourselves with Jesus in the desert as he vanquishes the Tempter (CCC 540).
And, sharing in his victory, we will be strengthened to love God and our neighbors more fully, and to “hasten toward the solemn celebrations to come” (Collect for the Fourth Sunday of Lent).
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Northwest Catholic - March 2020
Kevin Birnbaum is the editor/associate publisher of Northwest Catholic and a member of Seattle’s Blessed Sacrament Parish. Contact him at Kevin.Birnbaum@seattlearch.org.
Kevin Birnbaum es el editor de la revista Noroeste Católico/Northwest Catholic y miembro de la Parroquia del Sagrado Sacramento en Seattle. Pueden contactarle en: Kevin.Birnbaum@seattlearch.org.