Cathedral News, February 19, 2017


With Ash Wednesday, and the beginning of Lent, just around the corner (March 1), many will be considering how they will engage this holy season. It is customary to make some sort of “Rule of Life” for Lent, and it is my hope that your Lenten Rule will inform your pilgrimage throughout the year. Many, or few, components can go into a Lenten Rule, in much the same way that you can bake a simple cake from a few ingredients or a more complicated cake from many; the result is still a cake, which is the goal. Prayer, service, simplification of meals, abstaining from certain foods or beverages, volunteering for outreach, spiritual reading, Bible study: any combination of these, and more, can be included in your Rule of Life in Lent.

When I was in New York City recently for meetings at General Seminary and of the Sinai and Synapses Fellowship, I heard advertisements for “New York City Reads,” an initiative to have every person in the City read every day. I thought to myself that this would be a wonderful goal for people of faith: to read something each day that will inspire us or educate us in our faith journey. With that goal in mind, Canon Drinkwater and I encourage you to select a book for spiritual reading this Lent, and we invite you to be part of the Cathedral Lenten Discussion Forums. We have selected a book that we encourage all in the Cathedral to read this Lent: “Pilgrim Road: A Benedictine journey through Lent,” by Albert Holtz, who is a member of the Order of St. Benedict.

Brother Holtz writes from his sabbatical experiences, when he travelled extensively around the world. Each day in Lent is paired with a place he visited, and he reflects on the spiritual meaning each location had for him and what we might learn about our own spiritual pilgrimage. At the end of each week is a session for group discussion. Here is where the clergy invite members of the Cathedral to come together and have a conversation about their thoughts on the book.

The group sessions will be held each Wednesday evening in Lent, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at a different Flying Star Café around the city. The schedule will be as follows:
March 8, Flying Star at Paseo and Wyoming;
March 15, Flying Star on Juan Tabo;
March 22, Flying Star on Rio Grande;
March 29, Flying Star on Corrales Road;
April 5, Flying Star on Menaul.

Everyone reading the book is invited to each Wednesday evening session, though folks in nearby neighborhoods may find one location more convenient. We’ll try to get tables set together for a group discussion, but it may also be that we divide into groups of four to discuss the week’s readings. Either way, it will be a fun and interesting time for fellowship and conversation about our journey through Lent.

A limited number of copies of the book will be available in the Cathedral Gift Shop. You may purchase one there or look through the book and then order your own copy online. You may also order it through Kindle, if that’s your thing, for a reduced cost.

I look forward to this part of our Lenten journey together.

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