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Millennial Lenten Reflections: New Life


Editor’s Note: The following is part of Millennial Lenten Reflections, a blog series in collaboration with Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good. Short reflections on the day’s readings, written by young adults from FMS and other organizations, will be posted everyday throughout Lent. 

“A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me.” (Psalms 51:12)

Lent reminds us of the warmth and good news that follows the cold and darkness of the winter season. For me, Lent is a time to reflect on both the present and future. In much of the United States, people are struggling with bitter winter conditions. Throughout the struggles of winter, we look forward to and prepare for the coming of spring. Spring, like Lent, promises new life and new opportunities.

It’s during the difficult winter season where we must decide what to do with the new life and new beginnings spring offers. That’s why reflection, repentance and fasting during the Lenten period is so important. We must each ask the question, ‘what can I do to bring joy and love into this world?’

I plan on answering that question by continuing to try to give a voice to the voiceless.


Stephen Seufert is the State Director for Keystone Catholics.

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