Lent: What has it meant for you?
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Lent: What has it meant for you?

As we approach Holy Week and the central event of our faith perhaps now is a good time to think about whether we have been able to fulfil our Lenten promises and any benefits we feel as a result.
 
It’s been a momentous Lenten journey when you consider the election of our new Holy Father, Francis. In Scotland, we have struggled with the resignation of Cardinal Keith O’Brien in a period where the faith of many was tested but the election of Pope Francis reinvigorated the faith and gave people a renewed sense of optimism.
 
Do we feel this sense of optimism? Has Lent served a positive purpose in our lives this year? Have we taken part in any events to deepen our understanding of our faith? What will we do to carry our optimism into the rest of the year?

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Fr. John Bollan on 21 March 2013 20:15
Pope Benedict said it all on Ash Wednesday with his reflection on Joel 2:12-18. I don't think any of us realised then that our Lent would in fact be a time of lamentation for 'the priests, the ministers of the Lord' in such an intense way. Still, as I've said on several occasions over the past weeks, I'm joyful and hopeful. Pope Francis has indeed given the world another story to tell, and our beloved Pope Benedict is ministering to us through his prayer and the rich treasury of teaching he has given us: that will surely be a gift that keeps on giving for years to come!
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Fr Patrick Brennan on 21 March 2013 20:39
“A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault.” ― John Henry Newman Lent is the journey upon which I have learnt that despite my weakness, my failures, my stumbling steps, The Lord is with me. The events of this lent were a bit like light and darkness, sorrow and joy, Losing Pope Benedict felt like a fatal blow to my spirit and yet his courage in climbing the mountain of prayer and entering the hidden phase of his life filled me with gratitude. Darkness and then light. The Keith OBrien affair saddened me and then the excitement of the conclave and the new Pope Francis! Amazing exhilarating, a great boost! So this Lent had been eventful. I am very much anticipating entering the silence and devotion and drama of Holy Week. I would pray: Keep trusting, the Lord has never left us, despite our tendency to doubt!
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catholic teuchtar on 29 March 2013 20:25
Thank you Scots Catholic Lent has been somewhat different this year. I didn't do the normal "stopping this" or "stopping that" but rather decided to try for general improvement in my spiritual condition. The successes haven't been greater, but I think my spiritual understanding of Lent has been. Lent isn't about Lent, its about Easter. As Scottish Catholics we have had severe time. Our beloved Pope at the time resigned and our church has been rocked by scandal at the very topic our hierarchy. We need to look to Easter,as I do personally, as a church, for renewal and being born again. The night is far advanced the day is at hand...
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Anthony Horan on 06 April 2013 08:45
Dear all, thank you for your responses to the Lent blog. It's evident this particular Lent has been texting at times but there is no doubting the joy which has followed the Conclave and election of Pope Francis. This has certainly reinvigorated my own faith. I feel that Lent deepens my faith more and more with each passing year and I hope to be able to carry that through the rest of the year. Thank you once again for your contributions and God Bless.
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