“…that our Lenten fast may be pleasing to you and be for us a healing remedy”
This section of the prayer after communion for Ash Wednesday caught my attention, launching a dialogue in my head about Lenten practices as healing.When I think of healing I think of injury or surgery which requires not only rest but often specific practices (e.g. physical therapy or a change in diet). Lent has the possibility of being such a period of time for rest with God and practices which impact our relationship with God, ourselves and the broader community to which we each belong. What healing remedies does this Lenten season possibly offer?
Quiet space amidst the busy days to be with God in prayer
Fasting from indifference to really see and connect with people both near and far.
Acts of service or mercy which spread kindness and generosity
Each of us in our own way is in need of healing remedies.May we each as the prophet Joel invites rend our hearts during this Lenten season, opening ourselves to the healing potential of Lent on our journey towards Easter.
Sr. Kimberly Porter, OSB