27 February, 2020
As Lent begins, we go with Moses (Deuteronomy 30) – and Elijah and Jesus – into the desert. St. Jerome (347-420) leads the way:
O desert, bright with flowers of Christ!
O Solitude, whence come the stones of which the Apocalypse, the city of the Great King, is built.
O Wilderness, gladdened with God’s especial presence!
Oh, that I would behold the desert, lovelier to me than any city.
Go on. Get up. Go out. Leave the city. Travel to the wilderness. Embrace solitude.
You will discover the beauty of Christ, the solidity of Christ, the presence of Christ.