From the Pastor's Desk
Fr. Dan White, S.J.
March 16, 2014
The Church stresses three primary activities during the season of Lent: prayer, fasting and alms-giving. Today and the next two Sundays I want to focus on these elements of our Lenten observance.
Prayer is something that should be at the center of our lives at all times. This is not simply a nice addition for the six weeks of Lent. It is just as important in the 22nd week of Ordinary Time as it is right now.
So why is prayer singled out? My sense is this season of preparation is concerned with the priority of prayer in our lives. Re-dedicating ourselves to prayerful living means we acknowledge our relationship with Christ requires time, labor, and attentiveness. Prayer is not simply a good thing among others, but is the foundation for following the Lord. Faith without consistent prayer often becomes much more about ourselves than Jesus.
The importance is not how we pray, but that we pray. The emphasis is not so much on content. The Catholic tradition, of course, has a great number of Lenten prayers or devotions that can be helpful. However, the Church is more concerned with prayer comes from a heart open to God. Lent insists that we find more room in the busyness of our days to be present to the Lord. This may mean that rather than doing more in this season, we seek to slow down, take time and be open.