By Melodious Monk
As we head into the solemn and joyful remembrance of the Paschal mystery, I ask myself, what am I looking for? Has my Lenten journey taken me to where I’d hoped back on Ash Wednesday? In a talk about the season of Lent, Cistercian Abbot Basil Pennington offered some insight about Lent’s purpose for us:
“It is a time that we are keeping before us to find out what we really want, what our deepest being is crying out for. It is a time to cut through some of the stuff which we have been grabbing at to try to find some fulfillment, some happiness, some meaning. We realize that any and all has its meaning only to the extent that it is a means of coming to what we really want and what we are really made for.”
As we finish the Lenten season, I hope I can let go of more of my own “grabbings,” and instead allow myself to be grabbed into the ways that God has made me for. May we all find new depth in what we long for, and be showered with a greater amount of divine joy this Easter Morning!