After first vespers of the fifth Sunday of Lent we enter the beautiful but solemn season of Passiontide.
Not the Destination...
In September 2015 I was privileged to meet the Maronite Archbishop of Damascus Samir Nassar during the World Meeting of Families.
I was deeply moved by his accounts of the bitter suffering of the Syrian people during the relentless war, then almost 2 years ago.
We've all heard time and time again of so-called "jihad" concerning Islamic fundamentalism and its ideological links to tyrannical radical Islamic terror. But "jihad" is really about declaring "war" on self - i.e. self-mortification; self-denial; self-control etc. in order, fundamentally to be a better person, to be a more rounded human being. Selfless, more compassionate and considerate and full of humility, which as CS Lewis wisely said, is not about "thinking less of oneself but thinking of oneself less."