Lent: A Season of Mystery and Surprise

Lenten Reflections with Friar Jim

Friar Jim Van Vurst, OFM

Lent: A Season of Grace and Mystery

The season of Lent is here! Next to Christmas and Easter, there is no time when churches are more filled. There is something about this seasons that can touch the hearts and consciences of people who seldom go to church.

Lent is a time of reconciliation: God’s reconciliation with a wounded world. But, if we are honest, it is also a time for us to be reconciled with God again. It doesn’t mean that we have left the church or even sinned seriously. Hopefully not. But it is a time for us to come to the Lord in a sense of repentance for our failings—great or small. And that is why we have the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It gives us an opportunity to do something externally to reflect what is going on in our hearts.

Still, many questions surround this holy season. Click the links below to hear my responses to some important questions!

What does the word Lent mean?

What do you do for Lent, Jim? 

Do people over the age of 59 have to abstain from meat?

Should Sundays be included or excluded in our penitential practices?

Why does Lent begin at different times each year?

Why does Lent last 40 days?

When should I wipe the ashes off my forehead?

What does Lent mean to you as a Franciscan?


 

Lent 2017