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The graces of Lent

As we began our 40-day Lenten journey, the scripture reading Remember that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return (Gen 3:19) is a fitting reminder for faithful to reflect on their mortality and frailty—that we are but dust—but not with fear.

Instead, Lent serves as an opportunity for Christians to reflect and take stock of these basic points:

  1. Humans are dependent, vulnerable

For Abbot John Pereira OSB, the season of Lent calls us to remember our definitive creatureliness. “We rely each moment on grace; each moment on the precious breath which makes our lives possible,” he said. This is our human condition. We are essentially material in origin and composition. We are made of the earth and therefore subject to all the realities and limitations of material things. In Lent, Abbot Pereira said faithful ought to rethink their identity, or fundamental creatureliness.  We need to respect our boundaries and not try to be like God. This is who we are: dust!

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