Have you ever heard life described as a pilgrimage? A journey that is leading to our final end which is union with God in heaven?
This idea is an ancient one in the Christian tradition. The idea is that from our birth to our death, we are walking the road of life, sustained by God, the Creator. But we are not created for this earth. Our God-given souls were created with an innate longing for union with our Creator, and we spend our whole lives looking for this love and this belonging. Sometimes we look for it in the right places and we journey closer to Christ. Sometimes we are distracted by the goods of the world and we make detours down paths that do not lead us toward our final destination.
Each year, the season of Lent presents to us an opportunity to correct our course, to take stock of where we are in the paths of life, and to redirect our eyes and our steps to the roads that lead us closer to our destiny in heaven.
Let's explore how Lent offers us a chance to correct our course and talk about ways you can journey this Lent.
Lent as a Spiritual Reset
Imagine you're road tripping across the country. Your destination is the Rocky Mountains and you've been planning a trip there for your whole life. Along the way, you decide to stop and visit friends. Your friends give you a warm welcome, offer you plenty to eat and drink, and before you know it, you've spent three weeks at their house and have almost forgotten why you came there in the first place.
This happens to us all the time in the spiritual life. We set our eyes on Christ, we are inspired to move toward him, we set goals for our prayer life and our almsgiving. However, time goes by and suddenly, we're snoozing our alarm instead of getting up for Mass or dining at a fancy restaurant instead of giving money to our favorite charity.
The beauty of the faith is that it is designed to help us weak human beings to grow in holiness and remember what we are created for. While we can reset spiritually at any time of the year, the season of Lent is a time the Church has set aside specifically for spiritual renewal, a time to remember the journey you are on and begin to move again toward your goal of heaven.
The best thing about Lent is that it's a spiritual reset that takes place in community with every other believer around the world.
Join a Community of Prayer Warriors This Lent
We all need the loving support and example of others to take on new devotions and new efforts to grow spiritually. The Body of Christ exists to care for, strengthen, and pray for one another, and the season of Lent joins us all in a common effort of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
Unite with the whole community of Divine Word Missionaries’ friends and supporters as we enter into this season of Lent by signing up to pray with us every Friday.
When you join us in prayer, you'll receive
- An email each Friday with a Lenten meditation from one of our missionaries
- The Scripture readings for the day
- Reasons for joy and beauty during Lent
When you sign up for this weekly devotional, you’ll get a chance to encounter Christ right in your inbox through the day’s scripture readings and a simple meditation. You’ll get a chance to read meditations written by Divine Word Missionaries as they reflect on Lent and on their missionary calling.
You will be united not only with others who are praying through this Lenten devotional, but also with our missionary priests and brothers around the world and the people they serve.
Lent is a communal journey, a journey of deeper love, deeper sacrifice, and deeper joy. We look forward to walking the next forty days with you.