Paul reminded the Corinthians, "We proclaim Christ crucified." Christ's weakness is stronger than any human strength. The power of the cross is greater than anything the world or evil has to combat it.

The Lenten season is one of repentance, self-denial, almsgiving, and prayer. Many in our modern world do not see any wisdom in denying themselves anything. Those swept away in a consumer culture want more and they want it faster, bigger, and better. They also are looking for easy and quick satisfaction, unwilling to wait long.

Paul speaks of the "foolishness of God" and how it is wiser than any human wisdom. Lent is a time to put aside that which we feel and think as humans and put on the attitude of Christ. The cross of Christ is neither easy nor fleeting, and it will ask us to deny our very selves for him. To the human mind it makes no sense. However, by putting on Christ and seeing with his eyes, we see reality with clarity. Our sacrifice can lead to riches that only a "foolish" man would covet. But it is exactly there that we are satisfied and fulfilled.

The following article is part of a series of parishioner reflections by members of the Holy Child Jesus Parish. We welcome your comments and feedback.

As the season of Lent is upon us, you may have already decided to give up certain things, like chocolate or a certain behavior. If you haven’t already considered it, one form of abstinence to consider is taking a break from social media and mainstream culture. In place of this, try filling the time reading scripture, watching Catholic television programming, attending virtual retreats, or watching YouTube videos featuring Catholic teachings and discussion. Fill your free time with the Lord. If you take a step back from our current culture, it may have a profound effect on how you perceive the world. To be able to step back and view the whole forest may help you evaluate your closeness to Christ. Are you too preoccupied with the trees around you to spend time with Jesus?

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