Lent is one of the best times of the year for spiritual renewal.  In some ways it can be considered a forty day retreat lived each year within the context of your daily life.  Most Catholics have understood the importance of Lent since childhood on account of Lenten practices, such as being marked with ashes, abstaining from meat on Fridays and giving something up as a sacrifice.  All of these practices help to bear spiritual fruit in our lives.

One of the most important parts of our Lenten practice is that of engaging the Holy Scriptures in a powerful and personal way.  Scripture is the Word of God.  Therefore, with the Word of God, we encounter Jesus Himself as we prayerfully reflect upon it.  Reading and meditating on the Scriptures is a way of allowing our Divine Lord to speak to us, draw us to Himself and communicate His perfect and all-consuming love. 

The goal of this Catholic Daily Reflections Series is to help the reader to meet our Lord personally during the Lenten and Easter season.  Jesus’ love for each of us is intense and potentially transforming in every way, if we are willing to allow Him into our lives.

Lent is a time through which we more directly look at the sacrificial love of God.  We ponder the Sacrifice of the Cross and all that Jesus suffered so as to set us free.  By looking at the Cross more directly each Lent, we discover just how far God is willing to go to enter into a relationship of love with each one of us. He held nothing back and did not even spare His own life.  We must learn to open ourselves up fully to this love, and Lent is the ideal time to do so.

Though the central focus of Lent is the Cross, the end of the story is the Resurrection. We know that our Divine Lord conquered sin and death through His suffering and rose victorious on the third day.  Thus, the Cross must always be seen in the light of this final victory and must allow us to be filled with hope as we walk through our own suffering in life.

Commit yourself to a daily reading of the Sacred Scripture this Lent and Easter and, to the extent that this book assists you with that, allow our Lord to change your life.  He is the Living Word and He desires to become more fully the Lord of your life!

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