by Sr. Regina Siegfried, ASC

Most of the Sisters who have lived with me could probably attest to my compulsive cleaning habits.  I shift into a higher gear during the traditional spring cleaning time.  Flower beds and windows are wonderful areas for a Lenten sprucing up.

Does anybody wash windows anymore? I do. Religiously, every spring.


There’s something about the lengthening light that calls for a clean window.  Although we often associate Christmas as a festival of lights, Easter and spring are also symbolic of strong sunlight returning to our northern hemisphere. As I wash away the year’s grime from a window, I ponder about letting the warmth of Light shining through a transparent glass. What personal dead leaves and grime do I need to clean out and wipe off to be a better conduit for light and Light? How can our Church, cities, society let the light shine?