Dear Friends and Benefactors,
Peace to you. So here we are in our penitential season of Lent, and how quickly it seems to be passing. We know that Lent is always a good time for us to make a recollection of our lives in so many ways. We're called to fast, pray and give to others who have less. But I think it is also a time for us to go a little deeper into ourselves and do some work interiorly on a spiritual level.
Yes, Lent is a time for us to give up something so we can give to to others, but it really should go deeper for us as well. Jesus went into the heart of the desert for forty days to prepare himself for his ministry. We have forty days to prepare ourselves for the celebration of Easter, which we continue to celebrate for eight days known as the Easter Octave.
We're called to look into the depth of our own heart for a good examination of our life, so that we can celebrate with joy and full of the Holy Spirit the resurrection of Jesus when we come together on Holy Saturday night. There is so much symbolism in our Liturgy at the Easter Vigil, it will be time for us to 'light up the world' with the new light, Jesus Christ.
May the Lord continue to bless you and open up your heart to his great love as we journey through these remaining weeks of Lent. Be assured of our prayers for you.
In Christ, Abbot Aidan, OSB