Our unusually warm and wet winter may set our sights on spring much earlier this year. Gardeners are becoming impatient to clear the ground. George B. Shaw claimed “The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.” So maybe those who are saying “Isn’t it Lent yet?” are longing for that yearly season of extra prayer, reflection, and penance. Their souls are saying, “It’s about time.” Though the fields and gardens are still fallow, our souls don’t have to be.  Let the longing for Lent’s conversion be the prayerful attitude of your heart. And no one says you can’t start early to dig for God.

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