From Patrick Manning, writing at his blog, “Walking Wonder,” comes this gem:
So then what does this suggest for Lent? Can we speak of a joyful Lent without undermining the very purpose of the season?
I think we can. Lent is a time to remember our mortality and our fallibility. It is a time to remember our offenses and the misery they cause. But in so doing we cannot but also remember that God has forgiven us these offenses and raised us up out of our pitiable condition.