This year, I would like to recommend a series of Lenten Reflections done by Father Pat McGrath, SJ. Pat is a recently ordained Jesuit priest and is a gifted homilist. These seven reflections offer an opportunity to reflect on the meaning and importance of Lent in our lives.
I've said this before, and I'll say it again: if we've entered into it with an open heart, our Lenten journey will not leave us unscathed...there will be no "back to business as usual" on Easter Monday. Over these weeks, each of us has an opportunity to take stock of our relationship with the Lord and to ask how we might come to know Jesus more deeply, to follow him more nearly, and and to love him more dearly. If you can say, "AH!!! Now, back to normal" then you've missed the point of Lent. Our walking with Jesus helps to put things into perspective, to give us a new insight into the way we live out our lives as Christians. Lent doesn't necessarily mean you undergo a conversion of your life; instead, it leads to a conversion of your values that will animate and guide your life.
So I prayerfully suggest you join Father McGrath this Lent. Let him be your guide through this season as you reflect on your relationship with Jesus, listening attentively to the ways in which you are being invited to deepen your friendship with the Lord.