In the Catholic tradition, new members are welcomed into the church at Easter, so Lent has a particularly special meaning for the candidates as they think about starting a new life in Christ. I work with the new member class (known as the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) at my church and last night we compiled some prayers that will be said during Mass over the next few weeks. To guide the discussion we were asked some questions that could probably serve as a great reflection for anyone at this time of year:
What do we want to be freed FROM?
What do we want to be freed FOR?
And which groups of people suffer from society's collective sins and need our prayers?