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  • Sarah Beth Dippel


Before we begin Holy Week, I'd like to focus on the quarantine. No, I am not talking about the coronavirus quarantine, I am referring to the 40-days of Lent. The word quarantine comes from the Italian word, quarantina, meaning 40. Every Lent is a quarantine, a period of time marked for growth in our spiritual life. A time that we set aside to fast, pray, and give alms, focusing not on material desires but our spiritual needs.

This Lent has been unlike anything our generations have ever experienced. But I think there is no coincidence that our quarantines collide. The Lord always uses tragedy for good. He never allows the suffering of His people without making it redemptive. When we began our Lenten journey, we received ashes, and the call was given to each of us, "Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel." The Lord uses this time in quarantine to turn us back to Him. As we count down these final days, we have all traveled together the penitential path of this year's Lent, because all people, all nations are called to celebrate in our Lord's victory over death. #livinglent2

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