Br. Peter Damian shares on the Journey of Lent: "The forty days of the Lenten journey reminds us that the people of Israel spent forty years in the desert, a long journey in which they were struggling with themselves, but at the same time a period in which they experienced the closeness of God and of special grace for them. The Lord cared for them and accompanied them moving forward to the Promised Land (Deut. 27).
The Lenten journey especially reminds us of the time that Jesus entered into the desert for forty days, and confronted the devil (Lk 4:1-13). Jesus spent forty days in solitude, not only prepared for his public ministry, but ultimately Jesus also prepared for the journey toward His Passion, Death, and Resurrection.
Our journey of Lent during forty days also prepares us to move forward for the celebration of Jesus’ Passion, Death, and Resurrection. We practice the external observances of Lent as the way we respond to the Lord who calls us to turn away from temptations and sin. During Lent we monks spend even more time in prayer and meditation. Because Lent is a special time that calls us to renew our relationship with God and our relationship with one another, therefore we experience Jesus’ love, mercy and reconciliation in the Mystery of His Suffering and Death and Resurrection. A monk who, by God’s grace, seeks a deeper relationship with God in prayer, finds union with Christ and with one another in His Passion.
May the Lord help each one of us to live these forty days fully in this Lenten desert and move forward to prepare for the celebration of the Paschal Mystery of God."
God bless you Lenten Journey,
Your brothers of New Clairvaux
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