Mass Readings: Deuteronomy 26:16-19/Matthew 5:43-48

Latin, English & Lent

I learned about “the ides of March” — the 15th — when I was a sophomore in high school. In Latin class we were bumbling through Caesar’s “Gallic Wars.” In English class, it was Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” What I remember about the ides is . . . it’s today. And I remember “Gaul as a whole is divided into three parts” and “Et tu, Brute?” The English from Latin class, and the Latin from English. That’s just about it for those two year-long classes.

Why don’t I remember more? I suspect it’s because I set them aside and (happily) moved on. What will I remember from Lent 2014 come Easter Monday? Little or nothing unless I take any graces or lessons or insights from these 40 days and apply them to my life. If I don’t use them, I’ll surely lose them.

Prayer: Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.