Formation for Lent: “Sense and Sensibility”

Join Mother Heather in the Lenten Formation program and participate in a “Lenten Exploration” guided by the Rev. Sam Portaro’s book Sense and Sensibility. It’s a somewhat novel approach to daily Lenten reflections, in which each week we consider one of the five senses (touch, sight, smell, sound, and taste) and what they mean in our spiritual lives. Here’s a brief introduction to the theme of the book:

Lent is often a season given to denial of physical pleasure and sensation, but are we already denied these by a cultural atmosphere saturated with visual images, noise and air pollution, violence, and processed foods that has already dulled the senses? The physical senses play an integral role in the human capacity for emotion and feeling. Overstimulation in the physical senses gradually erodes one’s ability to feel emotion. Yet empathy—emotional identification and connection with others—is crucial to liturgical engagement, especially in the highly dramatic practices of the signal events of the Christian Year.

Sam PortaroSam Portaro, former Episcopal Chaplain to the University of Chicago and Director of Brent House, has had a long and rich career in campus ministry mentoring students and young adults. His published work reflects his own vocational journey: Inquiring & Discerning Hearts: Vocation & Ministry with Young Adults on Campus; Crossing the Jordan: Meditations on Vocation, Conflict, and A Christian Life; and Sheer Christianity.

Sunday evenings, 5:20 pm, tune in to Facebook before the Music Mosaic and hear the theme of the week as found in the Portaro book. Then, on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm, join a Zoom gathering with Mtr. Heather for a group discussion of this week’s theme and how it affects our spiritual lives. Contact Mtr. Heather to get a link for the Zoom!
If you are interested in a copy of the book, let Heather+ know, or contact the Cathedral Office. Books will cost $10 through the Cathedral office. If you purchase on your own, books cost $12.95. They are available through Church Publishing, as well as Amazon. It is not necessary to have the book to join in the discussions!