Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It is a coincidence — but a fortunate one — that our ministry together begins on Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, a season in which we emphasize self-examination, a focus on what matters most, and the anticipation of Easter. We seek a change of direction so that we may hear with joy, as though for the first time, the glorious news of the open tomb.
The message of Lent is therefore a positive one. As I will mention in my homily on Wednesday, the name of the season itself points (at least in our hemisphere) to the ever-longer (lengthening) days of what an Easter hymn refers to as “the queen of seasons.” That awareness in no way minimizes the importance of our traditional emphasis on reflection and repentance, but