It’s Almost Lent!

If it is mid-February, Lent is just around the corner!  Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent is Wednesday March 1.  For the benefit of readers in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas, I thought I’d share some of the Lenten programs I will be involved in this year.

In the Desert with Jesus – Why not take a weekend to be with Jesus during this Lent?  I will be presenting a weekend silent retreat for men and women at Christ the King Retreat Center in Buffalo MN, March 17-19.  We will walk with Jesus in the desert and, by so doing, get more deeply in touch with our own desires and longings, our temptations, our weaknesses, and our strengths.  Registration information is here.

Healing Divisions: Engaging the Beatitudes in Our Time – What do the Beatitudes say to us today, both individually and collectively?  How might living in the Beatitudes help heal the divisions of our world?  Janice Andersen and I will help us reflect on these questions at a Lenten Day of Retreat sponsored by City House on March 25 and held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in NE Minneapolis.  Registration information here.

Lent Bible Study on Discipleship –  Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church is hosting a three-session Lent Bible Study.  I will be leading the second of those on March 26, focusing on what we learn from Jesus about what discipleship looks like – what we learn from both what he said and from his example.  The Sunday before, Fr. Dan Griffith will talk about Jesus’ call, and the week after my talk, Diane Millis will talk about how we respond to God’s call.  All sessions are from 9:45-11:00.

Lent: Journey of Sorrow, Journey of Love – When we enter into the mind and heart of Jesus as he moves toward his passion and death, we find both suffering and love – and we need to be in both of those places with him.  On March 29, I will lead a retreat day on this theme for the University of St. Thomas’ Selim Center for Learning in the Later Years.  More information and registration link here.

Feel free to contact me with questions about any of the foregoing.  I hope you can join us for one or more of these offerings.