Life can feel furiously fast, but stopping during Lent to take note of our beginning and our end allows us a moment to slow down and breathe in our mortality with comfort.
The universal hatred of human death is a unifying force. Let’s not use it to divide. Instead, let’s take some time to rejoice in common ground.
Christians are also beginning the penitential season of Lent. It’s a wonderful mix of celebrating romantic love and remembering human frailty.
Is this a problem for Christian churches that celebrate Ash Wednesday, calling attention away from a solemn liturgical observance to a lighthearted, sometimes silly secular holiday? No.
It could be that the disciples—a bunch of cowardly goatherds and fishermen—had secret ninja powers. Or just maybe, Jesus actually rose from the grave.
The beauty of liturgical piety such as observing Lent is how it formalizes and therefore externalizes perfect faith, keeping it always real and present.
The traditional Christian season of Lent offers an opportunity to prepare our minds and spirits for the church’s greatest celebration: Easter.
It turns out that Transfiguration is not about “Moses and the Buddha meeting the wandering rabbi on a mountaintop while traveling to a wedding in Cana.”
We think we know better than history but great danger lies in rejecting Lent’s ancient practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
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