“Return to me with your whole heart,” Joel 2:12
“What are your disciplines for Lent?” my spiritual director asked me.
“Oh, I think I’m gonna give up watching ‘Star Trek’,” I told her. “I watch it every Monday evening with my roommates. It’s kinda a ritual for us but I think it will be good for me to give it up.”
She studied me for a several seconds then sharply responded: “If you do that you will miss the whole purpose of Lent. You will end up with more pride–you will be proud of yourself rather than seeking transformation.”
I was shocked at her response. I was shocked by her rebuke as she was a gentle, humorous woman. I also was shocked by her statement about Lent–I thought the whole purpose of Lent was to give something up. I’d always heard about people giving up chocolate for Lent or…
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