Dear Pope Francis,
Earlier this week, Millennial posted about how as a church we do Lent really well, but don’t continue the spiritual probing and growth through the Easter season.
It was a really excellent post because it made me think about my own Lenten commitment this year. My goal was to try and say the rosary or attend mass every day to deepen my prayer life as opposed to giving something up as I’ve done in previous years. Lent is finished, but if the goal of the season is a degree of self-improvement through making or breaking habits, why should the improvement stop when Lent is over?
Praying the rosary over Lent this year has brought a new understanding and appreciation of Jesus’ birth, ministry, death, and resurrection and the role Mary and other women played throughout them. I didn’t succeed at my goal of praying it every day, but I made the time a few nights each week which was a big improvement.
My angst over the missing beads on my rosaries prompted me to learn how to tie barrel knots so I could repair them and make one special for a friend I’d been feeling a need to pray for a lot. (Side note on barrel knots, they’re fiddly enough to require the patience of several saints.)
The post on Millennial also had me think about ways of feasting beyond food and drink. What better feast could there be than the Word?
One issue I came back to a lot in my reflections during Lent was the epistles in the New Testament. Historically, St. Paul and I have had a rocky relationship. He says some great things in his epistles, but there’s also passages which have completely rubbed me the wrong way and made me rather dislike him.
What I’ve been thinking about recently has been whether it might be a good idea for me to take the time to re-read all of the epistles and re-evaluate my opinions on them.
I need to put aside the frustration I’ve felt over the way the letters are used to justify oppression and read them with a heart open to seeing what they really say. I might still disagree, but I suspect the disagreement will be more with the interpretation of the letters than with the content itself.
Trying to keep growing,