Dazzling is the night
and full of gladness.
LENT AND EASTER WITH G.K. CHESTERTON
"The night shall be as bright as day; dazzling is the night for me, and full of gladness." - The Easter Proclamation
One of G.K. Chesterton’s favorite ways to make a point was by using paradoxical statements so that we may better understand the Faith. So it is this year with our Lenten theme: Dazzling Night.
When we consider Lent, we often think of the desert: a place full of sorrow, penitence, and self-denial. Our Lord spent 40 days prayer and fasting in a place of great dryness and solitude. But with such asceticism comes great joy, hope, and transformation. Lent is the darkness of night just before the dazzling daybreak of the Resurrection. During the night we can be confident in the joy of the morning.
Each day you'll receive a quotation by Chesterton, a scripture verse, and prayer to aid you as you reflect during this holy season. We turn once again to Holy Mother Church’s sacred tradition, the Divine Office. Second only in worship to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Liturgy of the Hours is prayed around the world by those ordained to the priesthood and vowed to religious life. We have carefully selected the scripture readings and prayers from the Lenten season of the Divine Office and daily Mass readings. Pray along with millions of others worldwide and allow the Prince of Paradox to be your guide.
Allow yourself this Lent to think, reflect, and pray with us as Chesterton leads us through the desert to the Night of all Nights, the night which shall be bright as day, a dazzling night full of gladness and joy.