Pilgrimage. To someplace like Santiago de Compostela, Lourdes, Mexico City, etc. It’s not unique to the Church, but like ashes on Wednesday, it’s timeless and Catholic.
Lent is often described as a pilgrimage, and that makes sense. Like a pilgrimage, Lent has movement, it's going somewhere.
But there's more to a pilgrimage than just a holy destination. It's also about space for God on the way. Not accidentally finding some, but intentionally making space for God.
Which is what all of the extra things of Lent are there for - to help me intentionally make space for God. And I can use the help.
More on this tomorrow.