How does one honor Lent during a pandemic when isolation and quiet time already present challenges, when “church” takes place via computer or phone and you feel like you have been in a desert experience for months?
Today’s gospel introduces Lent with the story of Jesus going out into the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan and cared for by angels. The final line simply says, “Repent, and believe in the gospel.” This gives us an overall view of how we might approach Lent but is short on details.
Joy is elusive these days. We search a bit longer and stretch our imaginations a bit further to experience joy. Yet as Fr. Randy Roche, SJ shares in this essay, joy is there for each of us. Note his final sentence. It will bring a smile to your face . . .
It is our practice to offer commentary on the Sunday readings as they tie into the mission of service and spiritual formation embraced by Ignatians West volunteers. Today we also share the service of Mary Ann Bognar, a long-time volunteer . . .