Confession in the Lenten season

Lent is the most intense season in the Church’s calendar. It is the 40-day preparation for Easter, which is the most important feast in Christendom (no, m’friends, Christmas isn’t the most important).

Lent is when liturgical stuff are also toned down dramatically, in order to manifest the austere solemnity of this Easter preps. This austerity also traces its origin to the 40 days which Jesus spent in the desert, fasting and praying and finally conquering ever so wisely the devil’s temptations.

The temptation of Christ depicted on a 12th century mosaic at St Mark's Basilica in Venice. Photo from wikipedia.com

The temptation of Christ depicted on a 12th century mosaic at St Mark’s Basilica in Venice. Photo from wikipedia.com

During Lent, altar flowers are replaced with mere branches or leaves, or none at all. Priests are dressed in solemn and royal purple vestments. Music is brought to being mere accompaniment — no tinkling bells or clanging cymbals. Even the Gloria in the Mass is omitted.

The message of all these austerities, of course, is this: it is time for deeper reflection, considering the extent of God’s love for us (up to the Cross!) and allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us to conversion. In a nutshell, it is time for more intense penance.

And what penance is more concrete than a sincere and heartfelt Confession?

Jesus in the wilderness. Lent is the best time to make the habit of praying -- that is, REALLY talking to God -- regularly. Image from  life2christ.org

Jesus in the wilderness. Lent is the best time to make the habit of praying — that is, REALLY talking to God — regularly. Image from life2christ.org

If you haven’t done it yet, please go to Confession this Lenten season. Going to Confession will help us live better the three elements of Lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. It is also most helpful in fostering the virtues most appropriate in this season — the virtues of humility, simplicity, and docility. With Confession, our Lenten journey will become more fruitful and meaningful.

So, let’s go!

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