by the Rev. Tim Schenck and the Rev. Scott Gunn, posted on the Lent Madness website

Dear friends in Christ,

On this one day a year, even Lent Madness pauses to reflect on our life, our blessings, and our mortality. The entire season of Lent is an invitation to recommit to following Jesus. This day, Ash Wednesday, is a poignant reminder that life is short. We are meant to savor our earthly life and to live it well. At the end of life, few people regret not having worked more, nor do they wish they had spent more money on stuff. In fact, end of life regrets usually revolve around love. “I wish I had spent more time with my family. I wish I had forgiven the person who wronged me. I wish I had been a more faithful Christian.” Please read the full reflection on LentMadness.org…

This Lent the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland encourages our congregations and their members to take part in Lent Madness. We’ll learn about saints in our Church and will mix that learning with fun and engagement with the days of Lent by reading and voting on lentmadness.org or on Facebook. You can print out a bracket for yourself or a poster-sized bracket for your congregation. Our diocesan staff have filled out a few brackets. Who do you think will come out on top? Below are a couple of our staff brackets.