Speaking to a book club, a member asked, “What is the best lesson you learned from playing football?”
Well, that’s a tough question, but one answer is what I heard after every game or practice:
“Men, there’s plenty of room for improvement.”
So, when I’m asked why I observe Lent and why do I emphasize its four pillars — sacrifice, prayer, meditation and study, and service, I answer:
“There’s always room for improvement.”
Our ability to bring peace in the world and with our neighbors depends on our capacity to make peace with ourselves. During Lent we develop a routine that enables us to bring harmony out of conflict about our feelings, our perceptions, and our mental and spiritual state. There is nothing easy about a Lenten discipline, but it brings peace within, and it makes peace in our world and the whole world a real possibility.
Besides, even if you aren’t successful, “There was room for improvement.”
PS: Today’s Meditation is my submission to St. John’s Lafayette Square’s Pathways to Lent at https://stjohnsdc.wordpress.com. Thanks to The Reverend Dr. Luis Leon and The Reverend D. Andrew Olivo for including me again this year. It is a real honor.