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Friday, March 13, 2009

Friday Five: Mid-Lent Check-In

The pastor of my grad school parish once gave a fascinating reflection, at about this mid-point in the season, called "How to Survive the Mid-Lent Crisis"! As I recall, his main point was that by halfway through the season we have often found it very challenging to live up to our original plans....But, he suggested--on the analogy of the healing and reframing of our life plans that can happen during a mid-*life* crisis--that that can be even more fruitful.

So here's an invitation to check in on the state of your spirit midway through "this joyful season where we prepare to celebrate the paschal mystery with mind and heart renewed" (Roman Missal). Hopefully there's a good deal of grace, and not too much crisis, in your mid-Lenten experience!

1. Did you give up, or take on, anything special for Lent this year?

2. Have you been able to stay with your original plans, or has life gotten in the way?

3. Has God had any surprising blessings for you during this Lent?

4. What is on your inner and/or outer agenda for the remainder of Lent and Holy Week?

5. Where do you most long to see resurrection, in your life and/or in the world, this Easter?

Bonus: Share a favorite scripture, prayer, poem, artwork, or musical selection that speaks Lenten spring to your heart.

As always, let us know in comments if you play. Post a direct link to your blog entry in your comment using the following formulation in the comment box: <a href="the url of your blog post goes here">what you want the link to say goes here</a> For a complete how-to, click here.

31 comments:

  1. To say I played would be untrue, but I did participate here. I need your prayers.

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  2. Counting down the days of Lent... I’m here.

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  3. I played, early for me, but this FF really fits what I am thinking about today. Thanks Sophia!
    mid-Lent check in

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  4. A picture, a poem and my reflections are here.

    Prayers for Sally, too!

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  5. My check-in is here. We're only halfway through Lent? Oy.

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  6. Sophia you have gotten me back on track at www.foraseason.blogspot.com

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  7. I played late and slightly cranky here

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  8. It has been awhile...thanks Sophia for a great five! I pondered here!

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  9. Thanks for a great meditation today. Here's my offering.

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  10. Thanks Sophia for the blessing of this Friday five. My play is here For a complete how-to, click here.

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  12. I'm late, but I made it! My play is here.

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  13. I played yesterday and then had to run out the door before I could let y'all know. Peace.

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  14. yes its Saturday but thisis me....so here I am

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