As we enter into our Lenten journeys individually and with the children that we mentor, I thought I would pass along this lovely thought that I read today:
"In many languages, the word for Lent implies 'forty' . . . The English word for 'Lent' has another, very beautiful derivation. It comes from the Anglo-Saxon word meaning to 'lengthen'. Lent comes at a time when the hours or daytime are 'lengthening', as spring approaches, and so it is a time when we too can 'lengthen' our spiritually, when we can stretch out and grow in the Spirit."
You can read the rest of this informative and inspiring article by Norman Tanner SJ called A Short History of Lent here.
May you and the children in your life stretch out, grow and warm yourselves in the Son!