As we approach Lent, thoughts on suffering and hope…
Jesus was not in the least bit confident that he would be spared suffering. What he was confident of was vindication. Our hope, our acceptance of the invitation to the banquet, is not based on the idea that we are going to be free of pain and suffering. Rather, it is based on the firm conviction that we will triumph over suffering. Do you believe that you, too, will live? Because that is the meaning of Christian hope.
an excerpt from Reflections for Ragamuffins by Brennan Manning
If you’re pondering an observance of Lent this year, these sites have a few ideas:
And a few more general Lenten resources: