In the silence of the desert, we come to terms with ourselves as we really are, we are reconciled to the beasts and angels in our lives and then we begin to experience peace again for the first time. Lent is the time for the desert experience. We can create a desert space in our overcrowded lives. We can set aside a time and place to be alone with God. A time and place to distance ourselves from the many voices that overwhelm us in our daily lives. A time to hear God’s word and say “yes” to God and “no” to satan. Welcome to lent! Welcome to the desert!