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This morning, we walked through the cold temperatures with the promise of glorious sunshine to attend Mass. With spring break occurring this week for the schools, I noticed several regular attendees not in the pews. But, we were still able to connect with a few friends, enjoy a modest breakfast and witness the baptism of a precious baby girl. This was followed by time in fellowship with other families attending the baptism. Some are friends I rarely have more than a few minutes to chat with after Mass and a few were people I had not me before today. All in all, it has been a wonderful day with a resounding reminder that we are part of a community of believers.
In stark contrast is the majority of Lenten practices I hear people doing each year. Many focus on giving up a food item so that the sacrifice might remind them of Christ and help them grow closer. Others add more devotional time or time in the Word. While I embrace those practices, I am really feeling a tug to remember that I am part of that larger Christian community and need to not isolate myself from others.
One communal activity we do each Lent is the Friday night Soup Dinner followed by Stations of the Cross. Each week a different ministry or group at our parish takes charge of the food and leading the stations. As our family is quite active at the parish, I end up making something (whether soup, mac n cheese, cheese pizza, or bread rolls) almost every week. Our family looks forward to those nights spent with our church family for both the fellowship and time in prayer together. Occasionally, one of the boys will be picked to serve as the priest or deacon walks to each station around the church. This first Friday of Lent, R was asked to be part of that procession.
I hope that my readers will join us on the journey through Lent as we seek to grow closer to Christ. Christian bloggers are welcome to join us in the weekly link up with posts that they are writing to showcase activities or reflections taken during this Lenten journey.
How is your Lenten experience going so far?
Have you found a particular devotion or practice to be helpful in bringing your mind to Christ and growing in relationship with Him this Lent?