Lent and the culture of encounter

Lent begins. The annual 40-day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. The journey to Easter and the expectation of resurrection.

“If you were to enter the monastery chapel you would know a new season has begun,” said Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. “You encounter the cross positioned in the center of the worship space; a purple candle invites peace and contemplation; the Word of God is visible and the open book issues an unspoken invitation to listen deeply during this special time.”

Pope Francis suggests that Lent is the “season for renewing our encounter with Christ, living in his word, in the sacraments and in our neighbor.” Once again, the Pope expresses his favor for the culture of encounter, the repeated message that forms the cornerstone of his worldview. To view the world through the lens of encounter is to realize the presence of God all around us.

Everything on earth is filled with sacred presence; let us bow down and worship. “The Culture of Encounter moves us to walk the journey of our lives tenderly holding each other’s hands knowing all the while that it is Christ who is our veiled and shining companion.” (Thomas Eggleston, The Houston Catholic Worker)

Lenten Vigils will be held in the monastery chapel on Saturday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Click here to download a flyer.