Ash Wednesday is an opportunity for us to recalibrate ourselves and re-set our internal compass to North…. to God. The 40 day period that follows Ash Wednesday is known as the season of Lent. At the end of which, we have the celebration of Easter.
The idea is to try to remove or reduce those obstacles that distract us from making our daily conversation with God, the most important conversation of the day. The ‘noise’ of life and the plethora of ‘stuff’ that takes up our time, benefit from a deep cleanse, particularly of the ‘stuff’ that does not bring us closer to God. Lent is a time for us to do just that.
“Lent is a journey that involves our whole life, our entire being“Pope Francis in his homily on Ash Wednesday 17 February 2021
I like how the figure in this painting is journeying alone, amidst the giant illusions of our lives, that at times seem insurmountable, but the guiding Light keeps leading and illuminating the path.
Which parts of this piece resonate with you the most?
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I am so delighted to come across this series of reflections on this the most significant part of the Church’s year. Though I am at the end rather than the beginning of my Lenten journey for 2022, using the tradition of praying through Art, I am reviewing this year’s journey with the help of Terry’s paintings plus Tessa’s reflections and questions…
Which of us wants to enter the shadowy world of personal introspection? It’s a forbidding landscape that will take us who knows where. The structures at the side of the picture are maybe demons of discouragement who want to bar our entry into knowledge of our own darkness, the ways we are at fault for situations in which we want to blame others.
The apparent loneliness of this journey is inseparable from the courage required to travel to an unknown destination but wait, though there is no light at the end of the tunnel there is one above. Is it the sun as in Jesus or the moon as in his mother, who will always lead us to her son? It matters not. What is important is knowing that we are never entirely alone with any experience we are having and that though dim the light is steady.
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