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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Lenten Spirit

No, I did not spend too much a time gazing for meteors, comets or NEO (near earth objects) to be blindsided by them! :-D

Just that I have been rather lazy again in updating my entries here. It is the whole cycle of going for classes, travelling to the University and back week after week with nothing much to excite or grab my attention. It is also Lent...

Speaking of Lent, the movement of the seasons do give some sense of urgency and change as we move from the cold and frigidity of winter to the bright and cheery (sort of) warmth of spring as summer slowly sets in. While we would not ordinarily grasp the implication in Singapore where the weather mostly stays the same, giving us the seasons of hot, rainy and the Singapore Sale, the change of season here in Rome does make Lent a little bit less tedious.

Which brings me to this thought, which I had earlier shared with a friend on the email, that Lent can give us this great opportunity - not to 'flog' and 'beat' ourselves incessantly with/for/because of our sins, many though they be, but - to offer ourselves to be agents of goodness in making life a little better to people around us (family, friends, neighbours and strangers in need). This I believe, is a much more challenging and concrete manner to grow in the Lenten spirit of prayer, almsgiving and fasting.

1 comment:

BillK said...

Amen! As followers of Christ, we should be "agents of goodness" as you so eloquently put it, especially during the Lenten season. Wasn't it St. Francis who said, we must always preach the good news of the gospel, and sometimes even use words? Peace!

 

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