– Anne Therese Dillen, O.S.U.
What if Lent, this lengthy
entry in Spring –
bereft of birdsong
a “fast” perhaps, but slow-
What if this unwelcome word
took on a different cast?
Instead of time without-
a time “lent” to us by God
to fill our treasure chests of clay
Borrowed time; Kairos time, tucked
within the Chronos of our day.
Would the ashes then remind us of
the stardust which we are-
promising that time, no longer borrowed,
What if our “alleluias,” buried in
can still shine through that filmy veil,
to greet the Bridegroom when He comes?