As we move through this season of Lent, these forty days recall the forty days that Jesus spent in the desert at the beginning of his public ministry. As important as it is to read the gospels to learn about what Jesus said and did, it’s also important to pay attention to where Jesus spends his time. The desert is a place that’s dry, a place where it’s easy to lose one’s way, a place where water is spare and life seems fragile.

In his time in the desert, Jesus experienced all of this, and yet he was also sustained there, he came to rely on an unseen grace that carried him through those forty days. Maybe that’s something for us to be aware of in these days – signs of grace, seen or unseen, that carry us on our way.

Lent is also a time in which we friars help out at different reconciliation services in Raleigh. As we go out, we meet other priests from the diocese who help  at these services. It’s another way in which we realize that we at St. Francis are connected to the wider diocese. We do not stand alone. We are in the midst, of course, of our Bishop’s Annual Appeal, and our BAA every year supports the new seminarians who in time help support us in these Lenten and Advent reconciliation services. If you have already made your pledge to our BAA – thank you! If not, please consider making a contribution. As always, we thank you for your generosity.