A Literary Inspiration for the Holy Fast
I encountered T.S. Eliot in high school and studied his writing in some detail in college. He was and remains a favorite poet whose words hint at the reality he saw but could scarce communicate.
Sadly, Mr. Eliot, while possessing the sensibilities of a Catholic, never entered into full communion with the Church he obviously understood.
Swing over to Otto-Da-Fe, a glorious funny site, and read Eliot's masterwork, "Ash Wednesday". If you can't sympathize with the crushing pain and the fledging glory the poet feels, I don't think you are practicing Lent correctly.