Lent is an uphill climb for many of us and priests are no exception.
The mocking voice of The Enemy tries to ring in my ears, but he cannot change the truth, which is that Christ won victory for all of us, even the lowliest. Even if the darkest days are still ahead, He remains unchanged and undefiled. He will not abandon us, though many is the time we have abandoned Him.
Because of this news, today felt more like Good Friday to me than Ash Wednesday.
Today's Vespers reading from Philippians especially struck me:
"Work with anxious concern to achieve your salvation. ... In everything you do, act without grumbling or arguing; prove yourselves innocent and straightforward, children of God, beyond approach".