Besides fasting, praying and almsgiving I believe that Lent is also a time for slowing down the pace of one’s life. Jesus spent 40 days in the desert and I am sure he did not do this at a hurried pace. It seems as if our society today is in a hurry about everything and for what purpose? I share with you a quote from one of my favorite writers, Henri Nouwen who also values slowing down the pace.
“In our contemporary society it often seems that not money but time enslaves us. We say, ‘I wish I could do all the things that I need to do, but I simply have no time’. Just thinking about all the things I have to do today-writing five letters, visiting a friend, practicing my music, making a phone call, going to class, finishing a paper, doing my meditation-just thinking about these makes me tired. Indeed, it seems that many people feel they no longer have time, but that time has them. They experience themselves as victims of an ongoing pressure to meet deadlines, to be ready on time, or to make it on time. The most frequently heard excuse is, ‘I am sorry, but I have no time.’” Clowning in Rome (New York: Doubleday Image, 1979), pp.94-95.
Lent is the season to take the time for yourself, your family, your friends and for God. Can you spend more time with God this Lent by enjoying a walk in nature with our Creator? Can you put aside some time to make a retreat? What is really important in your life? Time does pass by too quickly. Can we examine this Lent how we are spending our time and give some quality time to those we love and to the God who loves us?