CM: Lenten Brunch Lite 2: March 7, 2020

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Lenten Brunch Lite 2: March 7, 2020

During the Lenten season, we will offer a “lite” version of our Saturday Brunch. Each week, I will set forth one question (or set of questions) related to keeping Lent and ask us to focus our discussion on it.

Last week we asked about your faith community and its traditions regarding Lent. Today we focus more on the personal side of this season.

Do you take up any particular personal practices in Lent?

Do you do anything special or different with your family or friends during this season?

Is there anything this year that you have felt led to take up (or give up)?

If you have marked Lent for many years, what has been your experience about how your personal experience of the season has changed from year to year and over time?

2 thoughts on “CM: Lenten Brunch Lite 2: March 7, 2020

  1. Do you take up any particular personal practices in Lent?
    — Not really, not anymore. I try to be more reflective, kind, and prayerful than is my norm, always aware that I should do those things year round, regardless of the season. This year it has been easier, as the possibility of my own death and the deaths of those especially close to me (most especially my wife) has made me very aware of mortality, and the need to be ever ready for death.

    Do you do anything special or different with your family or friends during this season?
    — My wife and I attend Wednesday evening Lenten services — but then, she is the organist musician for our church and those services, and I’m in the choir, which practices right after the services during Lent. This year our new (and young) pastor has included Holy Communion as part of our Wednesday services.

    Is there anything this year that you have felt led to take up (or give up)?
    — Not really, though I entertained some thought of doing so in the days leading up to Ash Wednesday.

    If you have marked Lent for many years, what has been your experience about how your personal experience of the season has changed from year to year and over time?
    — In the past, I tried hard to practice Lenten disciplines, without much success or feeling that anything came of it. I take a very relaxed approach now. I’m glad the season exists, and I’m glad to be part of a church that observes it, but I don’t measure myself against any standard of performance, or have any expectation for what should happen, as the season unfolds.

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