Great Lent: Looking at the Road Ahead

“Repentance is not a destination; repentance is a journey, and a journey has to start somewhere. This particular journey starts here . . .  each member of the Church is invited to consider himself standing at the beginning of Lent looking ahead to the path of repentance. For those who are fortunate enough to devote the following ten weeks to the full observation of the Church’s prayers, that path is obvious, and although challenging,

it is available to all and well-trodden by the saints of every age. Along the path, prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are punctuated by the immediate interventions of God in the holy Sacraments, particularly in confession, anointing, and in Holy Communion, providing each person with the needed support and encouragement to continue.

The Lenten journey of repentance starts with an awareness that change is necessary, and ends with the transformation that outshines all transformations: the Resurrection of Our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ.” (Father Meletios Webber, Steps of Transformation, pps. 90-91)