Byte-Sized Virtue: Season 4, Episode 1 – Wash Up Naked
The liturgical season of Lent began last week with Ash Wednesday, which means that it’s time for another round of Byte-Sized Virtue episodes…the fourth season, if you will, of these periodic reflections from Withstand the Fury Dragon and, at times, others.
Firstly: if you want to understand the title of this episode, you’ll need to give a listen to Crooked Soul by Ike Ndolo.
Secondly..why? Well: it’s all well and good to talk about virtue, and we will probably do a fair bit of that over the next few weeks. But, what is virtue? Well, one definition is that virtue is the interior disposition to do what is good. As a definition, that works pretty well, and we probably all know people who fit it handily, people who just seem naturally ordered toward — inclined, if you will — to do what is good at every turn.
But what about those of us who struggle with that?
The season of Lent — the (roughly) forty days of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that precede Easter— began on Ash Wednesday (which, this year, fell on March 1st). It will continue until Holy Thursday (April 13th), and will thereafter be followed by the Triduum (comprising Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil). The Easter season then runs for another (roughly) fifty days, ending on Pentecost (June 4th).