February 12, 2016

Welcome to the Cathedral Church of St. George

in Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Venerable Michael Caswell


This season of Lent is traditionally considered to be a time of self denial and self examination.  In the early years of this country nature itself seemed to support this point of view.  The food that had been harvested in the Fall and stored for winter usage was becoming depleted.  The prudent person recognized that a degree of self control was necessary in one’s food consumption.

Similarly the coldness and cruelty of winter drove folk inside.  There were no ski tours and snowmobiles for outside activity, and no radios and television for inside distraction.  People had opportunity for quiet contemplation.  It truly was a time ripe for self denial and self examination.

Of course there is certainly more to it than that.  The reason that the Christian community has the time of Lent in its yearly calendar is simple: Lent is a time of year when people are encouraged to imitate Jesus’ example.  Before Jesus began his ministry he spent forty days isolated from others in order to discern God’s expectation of Him. 

It may not be as easy as it once was.  The noise of the media is constantly in our ears, the grocery shelves bulge with attractive foodstuffs.  The season of Lent offers an alternative opportunity.  It says “come, step away from all that, take time to consider God and God’s expectations for you.”  Many who have done so have found it to be an enriching and life changing experience.  They have found good reading material to mentor them and they have examined the excesses in their life.  They have found Lent to be a holy time.

I invite you to do the same.  I invite you to a holy Lent.

      Michael Caswell  +