Lenten Leaders: Vision

Week 3: The second week of Lent
By Carol Carlin
Leadership Consultant

"He (Jesus) said in reply, It is written: One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God." Matthew 4:4

Jesus went into the desert for 40 days to get clarity around his mission.  From Matthew's Gospel we know this period in the desert included times of temptation; we can imagine it included hours spent in prayer, reflection and contemplation. Free from distractions, interruptions, requests, and interactions with others, Jesus emerged from these days and entered into his years of ministry, grounded in an understanding of who he was and what he had come to do.

In Catholic Leadership Institute's formation programs, participants get clarity around their purpose, both personal and role-related, through a statement developed from a three-part formula.  We follow the advice of the prophet Habakkuk and "write down the vision" (Habakkuk 2:2). In this way we place this purpose in our hearts and brains, and over time, our hearts open to it, and our brains find ways to live it out.  

Lent can be our desert experience, our chance to let God gently open our hearts to know and love who we really are and who we are called to be.

Leadership Tips:
  • Find Time: If you don't already have a practice of annually reviewing, reflecting on, and renewing your personal and/or role-related purpose statements, follow the example of Jesus and carve out time during Lent to do so.
  • Find Support: As a leader, invite those with whom you work to do the same.  Even schedule a morning or evening of reflection to do so together, with quiet time followed by sharing.
  • Find Inspiration:Find a way to make your purpose statement a visible reminder; let it serve as motivation and inspiration.   For example: Create and frame a beautiful copy, and hang it where you will see it, or place a printed copy in your prayer space, on your computer, or in your wallet or purse.