Metanoia…a change of mind or heart. Ash Wednesday is today and when I attend Mass at noon I will be invited to remember that, “I am dust and to dust I will return.” The visceral acceptance of this phrase calls me to contemplate the concept of metanoia, to reflect upon how God is inviting me to grow and change with regard to my thoughts, feelings, and actions.
Several years ago I went to France to immerse in art-making for spiritual and creative renewal. Every day for ten days I walked to the ruins of an ancient church in the small village where I was staying. I returned to the same place time and again to make a daily sketch of the stone remains of what once served as the spiritual center for the people of Soreze. Each drawing was unique. No two images were the same. I learned from that experience that there is value in the act of repetition.
This Lenten Season I am inspired to commit to a daily, repetitive sacred practice. My intention is to reflect each morning upon the following question:
How is God inviting me to change, to evolve, to grow spiritually, creatively, and intellectually?
I imagine that most days I will write my response in my journal, while on other occasions I may be inspired to draw, paint, or collage my reflection.
I invite you to contemplate the singular question that is important for your life as your Lenten focus.
What is the primary question that will bring you metanoia as you journey through Lent?
Metanoia…a change of mind or heart. I enter into the invitation of this Lenten season with hope and the prayer to stay awake and aware of the movement of the Spirit. I am committed to shed what no longer serves my life…to create a welcoming space for inner and outer change. I open my heart and mind to experience metanoia in preparation for the hopeful season of Resurrection that is to come.