What are you Seeking? (John 1:38)
Lent: an intimately personal yet wonderfully communal journey, a sacred journey “by Him and with Him and in Him” (Eucharistic Prayer A) and to Him. It is a time during which we can be confident that, although mysteriously and undeservedly, we can find the Lord and be found by the Lord, in different ways.
During Lent, we do hear talk of discipline and penitence. These are important, but they are for the sake of love, to express love, and, even more, so to be encountered and loved. Discipline and penitence are about opening wide the door of our hearts to our Lord, who always takes the initiative in love. “We love because he first loved us”. (I John 4:19)
We have a Lenten calendar of rich offerings of prayer, fellowship, theology, and service. The Lord awaits us. Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament takes place every Wednesday. We will twice have “Compline and Candles”, as well as a Morning Retreat, “Remembering our Baptism”, offered by our two seminarians, MJ and Brandon, at the Stuart Center, near Catholic University. On the First Sunday in Lent, Father James Farwell, from Virginia Theological Seminary, will launch us theologically: “Repentance, Ashes and Forgiveness”. There are always opportunities to serve in love. You are invited to consider helping “Sandwiches in the City”. And there is always the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a special, grace-filled encounter.
Lent: an intimately personal yet wonderfully communal journey. Each of our journeys is unique and yet shared. Let us truly be in communion of prayer while we are on this journey, lifting one another up to the One who come to us out of pure love.
Yours in Christ,
THE REV. DOMINIQUE PERIDANS