At Dijon , Burgundy , it is the custom on the first Sunday in Lent to make large fires in the streets whence it is called Firebrand Sunday. This practice originated in the processions formerly made on that day by the peasants with lighted torches of straw, to drive away, as they called it, the bad air from the earth .
Say, has some wet bird-haunted English lawn Lent it the music of its trees at dawn?Matthew Arnold
Lent is the time of our lives where we are most especially called to reflect on our own lives and ask ourselves, how much do we thirst for an intimate relationship with our loving Jesus who is just waiting for us to respond to His love ? It is the time that we must deeply ponder how much do we thirst for a life that is life-giving to others?
Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy.
In the primitive Church Holy Saturday was known as Great, or Grand Saturday, Holy Saturday, the Angelic ... It is no longer, like Maundy Thursday, a day of joy , but one of joy and sadness intermingled; it is the close of the season of Lent and penance , and the beginning of paschal time.
Lent, then, is radically baptismal ...some of the familiar customs of Lent...bring forth the baptismal theme.
Lent comes to an end before the evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday. That liturgy begins the Triduum , the great Three Days that celebrate the central mystery of our faith. Triduum rituals invite us all to baptismal renewal, par excellence.
During this season of Lent, we pray that we might experience more deeply God ’s mercy , goodness, and love . Despite our weaknesses and sins , we are invited to put the “if” questions in the lap of God and let him fill us with the assurance, the blessed assurance, of divine grace .
Lent is as serious season since it involves reformation , transformation , and on going formation. More, the time is now and Jesus expresses an urgency that we allow God’s rule to govern our minds and hearts . Lent is a serious season because we are called to deepen our faith in the good news of God’s love and mercy revealed in Christ .
Lord Jesus , once again send the Spirit to our lives. We yearn to do your will but so many forces crowd your voice and bind us to your presence. Make this season of Lent the greatest time in our lives – a time of growth and renewal, a time of faith and love , a time of praise and thanksgiving .
This the place where we are all invited to stand at the beginning of Lent to take in the meaning of this movement from the river to the desert , and to be caught in it ourselves. Lent is the season for the Spirit of truth , who drove Jesus into the wilderness to initiate him into the truth that sets free. Mark’s hard word “drove” was softened by Mathew and Luke to the milder expression “led”.
Lent is about the freedom that is gained only through exposure to the truth . And “What is truth”? Pilate ’s question is partially answered by unpacking the Greek word aletheia , which we translate as truth. p.5
When he let Kennedy use his column to send signals to Nikita Khrushchev, or Lent his skill to Vandenberg to reinforce the anti-Soviet consensus in American diplomacy, he wasn't acting as a reporter but as a patriot. This urge may be a dereliction of duty in the journalist, but it is a sign of decency in the man. That the two impulses in journalism should so often be at odds — duty versus decency — tells us more about the trade than most of us care to know.andrew ferguson
Unfortunately even the President of the United States of America has made little of his high office, and he too, either through lack of information or other reasons, has Lent himself to the campaign of pressure and intimidation against Guatemala.jacobo arbenz guzmán
First in point of time and interest comes the mortgage debt, i.e. the claim for the return of money Lent on the security of some tangible object. Such claims are among the earliest fruits of a commercial civilization, and are nearly always affected the same way, viz. by the deposit or pledge of the security with the creditor, to be redeemed or returned on the payment of the debt.edward jenks
He had come on her that morning in a moment of disarray; her face had been pale and altered, and the diminution of her beauty had Lent her a poignant charm. That is how she looks when she is alone! had been his first thought; and the second was to note in her the change which his coming produced.edith wharton
Heroic, stoic Cato, the sententious, Who Lent his lady to his friend Hortensius.lord byron
How could so many reputable and responsible churchmen have Lent their support, even if only passively, to the perpetration of such crimes as genocide? What fever seized so many millions of German Christians, both Evangelical [Lutheran] and Catholic, in those few short years of Nazi tyranny?
And wit its honey Lent, without the sting.
By Jove the stranger and the poor are sent, And what to those we give, to Jove is Lent.homer
Too late I staid, forgive the crime, Unheeded flew the hours; How noiseless falls the foot of Time That only treads on flow'rs! What eye with clear account remarks The ebbing of his glass, When all its sands are diamond sparks That dazzle as they pass? Ah! who to sober measurement Time's happy swiftness brings, When birds of Paradise have Lent Their plumage for his wings?
Lo, all that ever I spent, that sometime had I; All that I gave in good intent, that now have I; That I never gave, nor Lent, that now aby I; That I kept till I went, that lost I.
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