Maybe because of the areas where much attention has been drawn of late, something stood out to me in the collect of this morning’s Ash Wednesday mass. The prayer begins,
Grant, O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting this campaign of Christian service…
The word “campaign” immediately brought to my mind a political or advertising campaign (which have become almost the same thing these days). The contrast made me smile, as I realized we were entering a season of humility and self-denial, something more like the opposite of what the secular world tends to mean by campaigning.
The language that followed suddenly gave the word a more military overtone:
…so that, as we take up battle against spiritual evils, we may be armed with weapons of self-restraint.