18 February 2021

Joan Watson on Lenten Feelings

". . .Maybe Lent isn't your favorite time of year. It isn't mine. But that doesn't change the fact that we need times of fast in our lives. As I've written here before, if we are going to properly feast, we must properly fast. 

"This year, you might not be feeling particularly drawn to giving anything up for Lent or embracing extra penance. Perhaps it feels as if we've already given up so much. Maybe we've lost family members or jobs. We miss our families and friends and social lives. Our mental health may be suffering. 

"Why should we give anything else up?

"Perhaps your spiritual life feels pretty dry right now. Thinking about giving something up for Lent might feel like you're simply going through the motions.

"I challenge you to go through those motions. . . ."

In a recent commentary, writer Joan Watson reflected on the importance of Lenten prayer and penance, even when we are not feeling like doing so.

To access his complete post, please visit:

Integrated Catholic Life: When You've Lost that Lenten Feelin’ (12 FEB 21)

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