CTD#1 - â€œThe Desert of Consumerismâ€ - Crossing the Desert: Lent and Conversion with Deacon James Keating
Lent wants to remind us of our real identity. At first appearance a seeming â€œobligation,â€ Lent is actually a great gift. Are we brave enough to enter this desert, and then let it affect us so deeply as to turn us away from sin and false identities, turn us toward communion with the living God? The Church presents this season to us every year because it is hoped that this year will be our year to say â€œYesâ€ to Lentâ€™s call to repentance. Lent should not be something we go through alone, but together. As the Hebrews wandered the desert for forty years, so we should enter Lent through the ecclesial community and share its challenges with brothers and sisters in Christ. Lent should not be what the elderly man in the barbershop characterized as â€œlife as usual.â€ With our goal being moral conversion, let us now turn to see how God can facilitate that conversion when we take on a â€œlenten mind.â€
Keating, James (2012-07-20). Crossing the Desert: Lent and Conversion (Kindle Locations 200-207). Liguori Publications. Kindle Edition.
Deacon James Keating, PhD, the director of Theological Formation for the Institute for Priestly Formation, located at Creighton University, in Omaha, is making available toÂ â€Discerning Heartsâ€ and all who listen, his series of programs entitled â€œCrossing the Desertâ€.