Madison's Duo Dickinson is giving a set of homilies at Trinity Church on the Green on March 3. In what he calls a "workthough," he has written some of his thoughts on Lent, "the season for considered abstinence."
"For Christians this is the season of Lent. The season is marked by considered abstinence. For most this means something as trivial as eschewing chocolate or, more seriously for me, rejecting alcohol. The idea is that by denying ourselves things we enjoy we can better appreciate the things that we’ve been given. Absence reveals presence. There are larger meanings to absence in our lives. ... When the flow stops, and we are adrift, or are forcibly stopped by circumstance we have to deal with what we really value. I have found the presence of absence in my life to be the biggest springboard for insight. The truth is absence focuses the mind and heart."