It may seem like an odd place to start, but I invite you to begin this Lenten journey by stepping into and meditating on Exodus 3:1-6. It’s a short reading, but a great deal is happening in these few verses that might assist us on our journey.

Let me set the scene.The removal of one’s shoes is largely a sign of respect by not bringing dirt or other outside contaminates into someone’s home or place of worship. There is something very simple, practical and profound in removing our shoes, feeling grounded and experiencing every nuanced moment we step into.

I hear in God’s utterance to Moses a reminder for us all that God doesn’t limit holy ground to specific places or to be experienced only by certain people, but that it’s everywhere we are when we turn aside with mindfulness, presence, open hearts and receptive spirits - in that instant we stand on holy ground. Now might be the perfect time to remove the sandals from our feet.    

Barbara McCartney, CSJ  (We also credit Sr. Barbara for her creative inside cover sketch.) 

Both our Lent and Advent books are comprised of reflections by Sisters of St.Joseph and their associates. Each season their generous sharing of time and thoughts are a gift to us all. These projects began with the Los Angeles community 23 years ago and was passed to La Grange 12 years ago.  We are united in heart and mission.  


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