A Bright Sadness...
As i mentioned yesterday we are about half way through our Lenten journey. How's it going?Well i posted this little quote on the WWW.LENTWEBGUIDE.COM the other day and it came to mind again yesterday as i talked about Lent being a hard season to describe. It's hard to say it's good, it isn't only hard and dry... so how do you really explain it. Fr. Alexander Schmemann in his book Great Lent: Journey to Pascha describes it as a "bright sadness". Here is the quote...
"The Lenten season is meant to kindle a "bright sadness" within our hearts. It's aim is precisely the remembrance of Christ, a longing for a relationship with God that has been lost. Lent offers the time and place for recovery of this relationship. The darkness of Lent allows the flame of the Holy Spirit to burn within our hearts until we are led to the brilliance of the Resurrection."
WOW! Let me know repeat, "The darkness of Lent allows the flame of the Holy Spirit to burn within our hearts until we are led to the brilliance of the Resurrection."
YES! and YES!!! (you should hear Amen)
I also ran across this blog that also quotes Schmemann and another bit of his book, it's good! Check it out.
You can also download Great Lent: A School of Repentance Its Meaning for Orthodox Christians — a free kindle book by Schmemann on Amazon. I haven't read this but i read The Great Lent and image there is some overlap and it was great!
May you experience this bright sadness of Lent that leads to the flame of the Holy Spirit bring bright in your life preparing you for resurrection!
Grace and peace Erik