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O God, we remember what it’s like to be in love.

We remember the devotion, the thankfulness, the exultation.

We remember the way a sacrifice did not seem so great a thing in the light of our passion and love.

We remember longing for union, the way our souls and bodies felt fluid, the yearning for our beloved.

Let Lent be for us a time of falling deeper in love with you, O God our lover.

Let us give up habits and addictions not for the sake of discipline alone, but because they are superfluous to our relationship with you.

Let us go to prayer and study not out of a sense of duty, but because we long to be alone with you.

And most of all, let Lent not be a season of self-denial, but a honeymoon wherein we find that in your arms there are ten thousand charms.


[Published today on Words Matter.]