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Ash Wednesday 2013

February 13, 2013

SPRING TRAINING

This past week, I heard the first murmurings of Spring Training talk.  At for those of us in the North, the cold, frigid days of February don’t seem to lend themselves to talk about outdoor activities, but we all know we are headed towards warmer, sunnier days from now on.

I could not help but think this is a lot like Ash Wednesday and the Lenten Season.  In a sense, Lent is the Catholic Spring Training.  It is a time of intense practice as we prepare for the season of Easter and the great work of proclaiming that our sins are forgiven and our suffering is not the final act of any given life.

I have often said that this life is “practice for Heaven”, and if so, then Lent is Spring Training – a time of intensity just before a new season begins.  So let us begin and practice well.

CLICK HERE  for the readings for Ash Wednesday: (Joel 2:12-18; Psalm 51; 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18)

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