Lent is a time to consciously sacrifice in preparation for the ultimate sacrifice Jesus made for us. The definition of sacrifice has been distorted – it need not have negative connotations. Sacrifice literally means to “make sacred”. How are we making ourselves sacred in preparation for the passion of Christ?
One commitment I try to renew each Lenten season is to find space for silence. Silence is such a privilege, and such a necessity, to a fully functioning human life. We dread the silence of God, but our own silence invites God’s voice. St. John of the Cross wrote that “what we need most in order to make progress is to be silent before this great God with our appetite and with our tongue, for the language [God] best hears is silent love.” In this season, let’s find time for silence with God. Even 5 minutes a day makes a difference.