Lenten Reflection, 2018


By Gabrielle Stratford (Grafton, Ontario)

In our world today
Exercise has pride of place.
We understand
that as muscles are strengthened,
health improves.
Fitness is the universal goal.

Exercise is the key to spiritual health too.
It is the practice of putting others first,
by responding with respect and love
to all God puts in our way;
Not just people,
but the whole of creation.

Some years ago,
we were in a small French church,
on Ash Wednesday.
A young priest came to the lectern and announced:
“We are entering the season of hope,
when love conquered all.”

What a leitmotif that is!