It is hard to believe it, but Lent begins in a couple of days. I don’t know if it is the mildness of the winter or something else, but the time between Christmas and now has passed like a flash.
Last week, I spoke at St. Edward’s Catholic Church on The Lenten Invitation to Deepen our Prayer Lives. Although I began by talking a little about the Lenten practices of fasting and almsgiving, my focus was on prayer. After talking about prayer as relationship, I talked about some subjects that make for good prayer during Lent.
Although, as anyone who knows me can attest, I’m not the most traditional Catholic around, I think some of our traditional Catholic devotions make for wonderful subjects of prayer during Lent. Thus, I talked about praying with the Seven Sorrows of Mary, with the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, and with the Stations of the Cross. During the question and answer period at the end, I also suggested some other material for prayer, including the Seven Last Words of Christ (which will be one of the subjects during the upcoming Lent Retreat in Daily Living I’ll be giving at UST Law School.
Of course, as I said to those who attended my talk, it is less important what people pray with than that they pray. But my hope is that my talk and the prayer material I distributed will be an aid to some people in their Lenten journey.