Some people wonder why we should have - in the middle of Lent, of all places - a Sunday for rejoicing. But think for a moment, every coach, trainer, parent, and teacher, is concerned for the flourishing of their protege. Knowing that it is not good for the mind, heart, or body to be stretched for too long a time without respite, they prescribe a time of rest and relaxation before once again exerting effort to attain the goal.
Holy Mother Church is thus concerned for us during the time when we have been making strides in knowing ourselves, combating our weaknesses, striving to practice virtue, making sacrifices, and praying more earnestly. And so she has woven into our Lenten Liturgy this Laetare Sunday when we relax our efforts for a short time to get our breath and be renewed for the weeks ahead.
On this day the priest at Mass wears rose colored vestments to signify this relaxing, since the more severe purple which is used for the rest of Lent indicates our penitential works of the Season.
In our monastery three of our Sisters have consecutive birthdays on March 8, 9, and 10. Ordinarily we would not be celebrating in Lent but since it is Laetare Sunday and a generous benefactor has donated pizza for the occasion, we can rejoice with our Sisters as we wish them a Happy Birthday.