[Dallas Morning News, February 1, 2003]
My husband came into my office one day to find me frowning at the computer screen. "I'm stuck," I said. "I can't figure out how to make repentance sound appealing."
In the ten years since I became a member of the Orthodox Church, that's been the biggest surprise to me: the unfolding joy of repentance. Every year about this time we get onto the long on-ramp to Lent, which will begin March 10 and last for seven long weeks till Easter (we call it Pascha). It's an intensely penitential time, marked by many extra church services and intensified fasting. I can't wait.