Thursday, March 17th, 2011 11:15:47

The Virtue of Values

The Lenten season is a time of reflection, renewal and anticipation. This reflection and renewal gives us time to prepare for Easter, the celebration of the resurrection of Christ. Often this time is spent in self-deprivation, ridding our lives of various vices.

In previous years, my Lenten observations have included giving up various vices: sugar, chocolate, etc. And each year, after the Lenten season ended and the resurrection had been celebrated, I resumed indulging myself.

This past weekend, our Sunday School message centered on the possibility of adding virtues into our lives during Lent rather than taking away vices. In particular, three virtues were addressed: courage, patience and hope. Courage to face death without anxiety, patience to wait for God’s timing, and hope based on the belief that, in the end, God’s will will prevail.