Today is our final day of Lent. Tomorrow begins the Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and theEaster, which means a review of sorts is in order.
Over the past 40 days, we have tried to practice the three tenants of Lent (prayer, fasting, and giving) in our daily lives in light of the Gospel's teachings. We prayed more, but also prayed with a clear purpose. We prayed for healing, for faith, for those around us. This also meant that not only did we give up chocolate or Netflix, but we gave up other things along the way, such as distrust in the Lord, a need for control, and other human acts and emotions that come between us and our God. Finally, we gave more of ourselves to those we loved (family, friends, community, and God) in an effort to give of ourselves, not just our possessions. And we did this all mindfully.
Mindful was the true call of this Lenten journey. To not just do things because we are supposed to, but do them with great intention. We are so often bogged down but the to do lists and requirements of our organized religions. If you carry anything with you from this, I hope that it the intentional mindfulness you practiced throughout Lent.