I venture to say that Lent is about hanging on. After all 40 days is a long time to maintain laser-like focus on conversion and whole-hearted faithfulness to our Lenten promises. (Come on now…be honest…how many of us have already sneaked a piece of chocolate or neglected to say our extra prayers?)As we wrap up the 3rd week of Lent, maybe this is the time to adjust our grip and realize that hanging on is not solely up to us. Maybe it is time to rely on Jesus and dedicate ourselves to the discipline of Lent.If we’ve faltered on our “give ups” or if we never really entered into the Lenten desert in the first place, now is the time to commit ourselves. By consecrating ourselves to Jesus and the journey in the wilderness, we have the chance to do more than hang on during Lent. We have the opportunity to draw closer to Jesus. We can give the Holy Spirit the freedom to be active in our lives. And, once the Spirit gets going, we will really have a reason to hang on!
Sister Lisa Maurer
Sister Lisa Maurer was born and raised in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, before entering the Monastery, Sister Lisa taught and coached in Catholic Schools within the New Ulm Diocese. Sister Lisa made her first Monastic Profession in August 2009. She currently ministers at the parishes of St. Lawrence and St. Joseph in Duluth.See all of Sister Lisa’s posts.