By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 15, 2006

From Bishop Gumbleton's Ash Wednesday homily:

You know I'm sure most of us grew up thinking of Lent as a very somber time, probably kind of a negative thing, giving up things you like.

That statement might be true if Gumbleton's congregation had a mean age of 75 or higher. Think about it. The last time a Catholic parishioner received the kind of catechesis he's referring to would be around 1966. And I've no doubt that Gumbleton's congregations have heard him emerge from the very same pre-conciliar cocoon and flutter his butterfly wings every Ash Wednesday for the past forty years.

It's called renewal. It's where the action is.

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  • Posted by: Gil125 - Mar. 15, 2006 2:58 PM ET USA

    His Excellent Gumbleton is not alone. I think it's safe to say I have heard that theme on all but maybe one or two Ash Wednesdays since the '60's. And just to be sure nobody misses it, the priests usually anticipate it on the last Sunday before Ash Wednesday and in some form on the 1st Sunday of Lent. It's the hardiest of perennials.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 15, 2006 2:40 PM ET USA

    Without a dour Lent Easter is just Resurrection Sunday in ordinary time.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 15, 2006 8:42 AM ET USA

    I guess Bp G recognized early in his career that he needs to give up nothing to become a bishop. He is truly a person of his times. My pastor talked about the transfiguration of Christ as an example of someone transforming his life when they found they had won the lottery. I guess he could have picked any other significant incident in a person's life but then again every one can relate to the notion of becoming suddenly rich! Must have used the same theology books as the good Bp.