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We are now into the second week of Lent and, like the disciples, many of us are starting to realize that the road to Jersualem is more difficult than we first imagined. In his homily for the 2nd Sunday of Lent, Fr. Reginald Martin, O.P., offers some poignant reflections to help us as we undertake our Lenten pilgrimage. This is not a season for tourists, but for travelers who desire to be transformed by their journey. Check it out on the St. Albert's Priory website by clicking here.
Art has often been used as a means of inspiring and educating the masses. Throughout the season of Lent our own Fr. Michael Morris, O.P., Professor of Religion and the Arts at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, and an ongoing contributor to Magnificat, is offering a series of video reflections on famous pieces of art. You can find the series at dspt.edu/lenten-art, with a new video being added each week. And if you're in the Bay Area, be sure to join Fr. Michael at DSPT on Wednesday, March 18th for this year's Aquinas lecture -- Saint Thomas Aquinas in Art and Legend: An Iconographic Study of the Angelic Doctor. Space is limited; learn how to watch online, or RSVP to attend by clicking here.
Life as a Dominican is rooted in four areas, what we typically call the four pillars: prayer, study, common life, and ministry. Based on these pillars, we’ve developed four tips to help you have a better Lent. They all require a little bit of time, but with a little bit of effort they are all possible.
Tip #1: Prayer
Spend more time with the Lord in prayer. If you can’t make it to Mass every day, then try to spend at least ½ an hour in silence each day. You might also consider signing up for Eucharistic adoration, or praying the Stations of the Cross once a week. If you like to exercise, then think about praying the rosary while you run or jog on the elliptical machine.
Tip #2: Study
Spend time reading and studying the Bible each day. There are lots of stories that are fitting for Lent. “Noah and the Flood” can be found in Genesis 6:9 – 9:17. The Book of Exodus, which tells the story of Moses and the 10 Commandments, has 40 chapters. Read at least one each of day of Lent and you’ll be done by Easter. The Book of Lamentations, which is only 5 chapters, is attributed to the prophet Jeremiah. We pray these sad songs during Tenebrae starting on Holy Thursday. And of course, any of the Gospels would be appropriate. Mark is the shortest, but Matthew, Luke and John have more parables and miracles.
Tip #3: Common Life
Spend less time on social media, and spend more time being social face-to-face. Think about inviting a friend out for a walk, or to have a picnic in the park. Better yet, invite someone to Mass, or to Stations of the Cross. You never know what impact your presence may have on someone else, but Scripture tells us that where two or three are gathered in His name, the Lord is present.
Tip #4: Ministry
Spend more time doing something for others. Sign up to serve meals at your local homeless shelter, or gather supplies for the food bank. If you don’t have a lot of time to take on more activities, think about how your wealth can benefit others. Everyone gives up something for Lent. Consider donating the money you would have spent on your daily coffee to your favorite charity instead.
May the Lord bless you during this holy season, as you grow closer to him and the celebration of his resurrection at Easter.
Three Sisters as seen from St. Benedict Lodge, McKenzie Bridge, Oregon