It takes some doing to keep the seasons of the Church year in the midst of our secular culture. Lent is almost upon us. Are you ready? To be truly immersed in the season of Lent is the fruit of community effort as well as personal endeavor. Yet even in our parishes, we sometimes need reminding that the school year or the program calendar are not the essential way we mark time. We need to treasure the seasons of the liturgical year.
There is a free download about Lent, over at Living the Eucharist, that I’d like to share with you as a resource for your own reflection, or to use with groups in your parish. Its sections are: The Purpose of Lent; Lent and the Liturgy; Lent and the Christian Life; Lent and Devotions; Lent in Secret; and the Relationship of Lent to Easter and the Easter Season. It is also available in Spanish. Living the Eucharist also has a free download about Lent for teens. (Full disclosure: I am the author of these resources!)
I also wanted to share something that emerged for me in writing these, namely: the seldom-cited Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy (2001) is a wonderful document! (You’ll see that I quote from it several times.) I recommend it to you as well.