Sometimes, it can be difficult to switch gears when liturgical seasons change. Here are a few good resources I’ve found on the Web, from some of my Dominican brethren. First, from our good brethren Across the Pond:
And Father Philip Powell, OP has some really nice, evocative posts over at Hanc Aquam:
As you can see, Father Powell gives us a… very different perspective on Lent. Which is really good at making us pay closer attention and keeping us from complacency.
He also gives us this beautiful Lenten Prayer that he himself wrote:
Merciful and loving God, you give us* this Lenten desert for our purification, for our chance to become your faithful friends.
Because we are wearied by our sins and exhausted by the weight of our guilt, the devil seeks to tempt us further away from you.
Let us hear his false promises with your ears and see his counterfeit prizes through your eyes. With your Word in our mouths, we reject his poisonous gifts and run to you for our salvation.
With our every thought and deed, you give us the grace to turn temptation into witness, to make an enemy of the devil, and grow in your love.
Lord, grant us hearts bound in obedience to your Word and freed in your love. And even though we may suffer for a little while, we know our purpose is fulfilled when we offer you thanks and praise for the gift of your Son.
Purged of sin and guilt by your desert, we walk to his death on the cross; we watch for his resurrection from the tomb; and we await his coming again in glory!
In his holy name we pray. Amen.
(written by Fr. Philip N. Powell, OP)
*Change the plural pronouns to singular for a more personal prayer.
Father Dominic Holtz, OP is a fine homilist for all seasons, including Lent. You can read his daily homilies at The Specious Pedestrian. I found today’s especially moving and edifying, as it casts a new light on the act of abstaining from meat.