We’ve past the midpoint of Lent! This makes some people happy, but, I enjoy the Lenten season and am always reluctant to have it end so quickly. Maybe you’re thinking that a time of repentance spent in fasting, prayer, and almsgiving isn’t something to be enjoyed. But, you’re wrong. There is great joy in living a life that is freed from the chains of bad habits, addictions, and most of all, sin.
Sin is too often equated with pleasure in our world – and pleasure is too often equated with sin. That is why some think that repentance and true Christian living is a boring and burdensome kind of life. “If we stop sinning,” they think, “what happiness would we have?” But, what they don’t understand is that the body and soul are equally essential in being human – and in being joyful. For, we are creatures of flesh and spirit and we cannot ignore the well-being of one without damaging the well-being of the other.
God created us with material bodies and spiritual souls so that we could enjoy the goodness of His material Creation and also live forever in the bliss of His Eternity. Religion, and, yes, Lent, can help us to find the right balance and live the fullness of being human – body and soul.
Here is a little explanation that I gave to my nephews when they were very young about the soul. (They received a shorter version.) If we can see ourselves as little children, then, perhaps, we can better understand the true joy of a life well and fully lived…. Continue reading