Saturday, February 02, 2008
Lent is not something I've traditionally known a lot about, nor is it something I'll probably ever practice as a Catholic person might. I find myself, nonetheless, drawn to Lent as a season of meditation and quiet in anticipation of Easter and the coming of Spring. This time of year is somehow suited to Lent, as it gives purpose to the winter hush and darkness. It's a time to reflect, a time to let go, a time when my own wounded-ness feels so exposed. Last year I gave up my favorite message board for Lent. This year I'll do the same. The time away from the computer last year was a time to refocus, to listen to God and my own parent voice, rather than the cacophany of other voices so readily available to me on the internet. And, to be honest, even the small amount of time I spend on the computer these days is enough to mess with my mental health this time of year. I find that the screen isn't too good for me. I'll still be writing here, and, perhaps, my writing with even improve with a little more time for reflection. Wednesday, February 6th marks the beginning of Lent. And Lent ends with the celebration of Easter. May we be greeted at the end with snow-melt and sunshine!