Monday February 20, 2017

Catholic Lent Retreat

By Sarah Lundgren, '17

“Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy.”—Pope Francis

Lent always tends to sneak up on me and I remember that I have to give something up. I sometimes dread it coming to shake me out of my comfortable place. However, there is no Easter Sunday without a Good Friday. We need this period of reawakening in order to experience the fullness of the Resurrection; the life that we are meant to live! Sometimes it’s painful to wake up from the lethargy that Pope Francis talks about because it is so comfortable, but it is always worth it. The joy that comes afterwards is indescribable. Pope St. John Paul II said “We are the Easter people, and hallelujah is our song!” The season of Lent is a time of fasting and renewal; a time to shed the old scales in your spiritual life and be opened to the new skin beneath them in a time of feasting!

From March 10-12, you will have the opportunity to start your Lent off on the right foot by attending the Catholic Lent Retreat. Participate in opportunities for Reconciliation, Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and daily prayer. Listen to talks and share in small groups. Fast from doubt, worry, and sin this Lent. Feast on love, trust, and hope.

Sign up today at https://www.udayton.edu/ministry/retreats/retreat_registration.php. The cost is $40.

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