Well, I don’t know about you but it is hard for me to believe that we are already half way through the season of Lent. Lent is the forty days that the Church journeys through together, partaking in the three famous attributes of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Each year we are all called to reflect on what we should be give up or what extra we should do during the season of Lent. But have you ever questioned why? Why am I giving up Facebook? Why am I going to daily mass? It all has to do with our relationship with the Lord. Instead of being on Facebook for ten minutes, I am going set that time aside for God. If you are someone who is discerning a vocation to the priesthood or religious life this time of Lent can be all the more powerful. Why do we give things up for Lent? Yes, to understand that this material thing is not a necessity, but also to hear the Voice of God. When I am discerning, what am I trying to discern? Where the Lord is calling me! The two are complimentary thoughts.
Take this time during Lent to open yourself completely to the Lord. Placing all your strengths, all your weakness and offer them to the Father. Remember prayer should never be a one-way conversation of us rambling on, but rather we should also observe silence to hear the voice of God. Especially if you are praying with the Daily Mass Readings during Lent. What is the Lord putting before me? Where is the Lord calling me to be? In what ways am I called to take up my cross and follow Him? These are all questions that a discerner continuously asks day in and day out.
If you are someone who is discerning a call to the priesthood or religious life, take advantage of Lenten Discernment. If you are someone who has already dropped the ball with their Lenten observance- I challenge you to start again! We can never under estimate the powerful season of Lent. Our relationship with the Lord soars to the highest heights when we journey with Him and follow His will in our lives.