Brother Francis Gerard of Utah might never have discovered the blessed documents, had it not been for the pilgrim with girded loins who appeared during that young novice's Lenten fast in the desert.Never before had Brother Francis actually seen a pilgrim with girded loins, but that this one was the bona fide article he was convinced as soon as he had recovered from the spine-chilling effect of the pilgrim's advent on the far horizon, as a wiggling iota of black caught in a shimmering haze of heat.
The three traditional pillars of Lenten observance are prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The key to renewed appropriation of these practices is to see their link to baptismal renewal.
God of life , strengthen our will to choose life. too often we have failed to be life-givers. Whether through negligence or laziness, we have not expended the energy you have given us to further your kingdom of life, love and light . May this Lenten season be filled with your grace ; may we do whatever is pleasing to you.