The Prayer of Saint Ephrem, the Syrian
O Lord and Master of my life, take me from the spirit of sloth,
despondency, lust of power, and idle talk; But grant me rather
the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to thy servant.
The season of Lent is upon us. The older I get, the more I look forward
to this time of year. While January is the time that society generally starts anew with resolutions, I find Lent to be that time of renewal for me so much more than January 1.
In my work as a personal organizer, I encourage my clients to take these winter weeks to get organized one drawer, one closet, one cabinet at a time. I suggest that they do not wait until "spring cleaning" time because once the weather turns warm and inviting we are all more inclined to move outdoors and neglect or put off the tasks indoors.
It occurred to me (light dawning on marblehead) that Lent is this same process; only on a internal personal level. It gives me an opportunity to go inward and self reflect on the clutter and unused portions of myself that need order and cleaning. By reading and meditating on God's word I can become the authentic self that He intended me to be.
May God grant us all a soul cleaning Lent.