As we move into the second half of the Lenten season, it’s a good time to take stock of our promises and practices. So often we give up sweets or alcohol or social media, or, conversely, we add in service and volunteer work. BUT, if we don’t thread prayer through the sacrifice and service, we are left with nothing more than a diet and philanthropy. Fasting and almsgiving only become such when they are grounded in prayer. Prayer is the air beneath the wings of the other two pillars of Lent.
Prayer is both our overarching theme and our underlying foundation during Lent (and during life!). Without it, nothing moves forward or expands outward. So today, even for just five minutes, sit with God in prayer. Don’t just move your lips; open the “ear of your heart,” as St. Benedict instructed. Prayer is not just talking; it is listening for the Spirit to speak to us, but that can only happen when we settle down in silence and pay attention with our very being.
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