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Maintaining Faithfulness to the Lenten Pledge

Maintaining FaithfulnessMaintaining faithfulness to the Lenten pledge may not always be easy; especially when we gave up something that we truly craved – like chocolate! We go through withdrawal symptoms, feeling deprived, and we don’t like to feel that way. So, we give in and default on our Lenten pledge.  God is ever faithful to us, but because of our tendency to sin, we are not always faithful in return. Maintaining faithfulness to the Lenten pledge is a good example of where we easily fail to remain faithful.

Maintaining Faithfulness is Not Trivial

One might think a breakdown in faithfulness to a Lenten pledge is trivial. Yet, it might represent a microcosm of our relationship with God on a macro Continue reading

Lent and Temperance Go Together

Lent and TemperanceLent is a time to give up something we love a lot, like chocolate, or wine, as a sacrifice, in thanksgiving for what Christ sacrificed for each of us. To give up something we really love a lot requires Temperance – the ability to control one’s passions. Therefore, Lent and Temperance go together like bread and butter. You can have one without the other, but they’re much better together!

Lent and Temperance

We need the virtue of Temperance to live up to our sacrificial commitment, thereby giving a more meaningful purpose to the season of Lent. We are about half-way through the Lenten Season. How is your Lenten sacrifice coming along? Are you living up to your commitment? Might you Continue reading

Embrace Humility During Lent

Embrace humilityLent is the perfect time to embrace humility, as it is a time when God calls us to think less of ourselves and more of others. What stands in the way of you embracing humility? Is it your pride? It was for me! Only after I learned what held me back from being the person God calls me to be, could I embrace humility.

For me, I cared too much what others thought of me. I sought my validation from my friends and peers, rather than from the one true source – God. My friends and peers could never fill the hole. I needed constant validation of my self-worth. Once I realized that only God could fill the void and Continue reading

Stealing Jenny – Book Review

Stealing JennyStealing Jenny, by Ellen Gable, is an interesting read about a wife and mother, named Jenny Callahan, who is nine-months pregnant with her sixth child. Just before Jenny’s due date, Denise Kramer, an unstable woman desperate to have her own baby, kidnaps Jenny. In this riveting, and page-turning novel, we see the Ontario police’s perseverance to find Jenny. We also learn about faith, courage, love and forgiveness. This book exhibits much virtue.

Jenny Callahan, a loving wife to Tom Callahan, is a stay-at-home mom. One sunny afternoon, she goes to meet her children at the bus stop. However, before the bus arrives, Jenny disappears, leaving her young son tethered to the bus stop sign. From there the pursuit begins Continue reading

Embrace Unselfishness During Lent

UnselfishnessBe honest with yourself: How often do you place your own needs and desires ahead of anyone else’s? If I am going to be honest with myself, I do it far more than I would like to admit. Why? Because it is human nature – self-preservation! Yet, that is no excuse for not embracing the virtue of unselfishness.

Unselfishness can be defined as:

  • the emptying of one’s own wishes and desires for the total fulfillment of God’s will
  • the betterment of the common good
  • love of one’s fellow man

How to Incorporate Unselfishness in Our Lives

  1. Think of others more, and of yourself less (embrace humility). For example, think of how you can be of service to others, rather than Continue reading

Find Joy in Lenten Sacrifices

Joy

Lenten SacrificesI know some people who dread the season of Lent because all they can see is sacrifice and loss and they don’t want to participate in either. They don’t want to give anything up for Lent. Nor, do they want to refrain from eating meat on Fridays. In addition, little to no interest exists in giving of their time and/or talent for the love of God and neighbor. Yet, sacrifice has a purpose meant to draw us closer to God. We can find joy in Lenten sacrifices.

Those who do wish to partake in the Lenten season usually give up their favorite foods/drink. Others sacrifice their free time and use it to do good deeds for others. This year my Continue reading

Seek Piety During Lent

Seek PietyMany people overlook the virtue of piety, as if it is a virtue out of their grasp. Such folks believe that only the Saints can claim a right to piety. But that’s not true. Every Saint in Heaven was once a sinner, just like you and me. Yet, every Saint, once living on earth, would seek piety – there’s the difference!

There is nothing wrong, or odd, with:

  • Living a holy life in accordance with Divine Revelation
  • Having a reverence for all things holy, especially God, family and country
  • Keeping God’s Commandments and following His Beatitudes
  • Worshiping God and doing good for others out of reverence for God

This is piety!

Seek Piety

Lent is the perfect time to embrace Continue reading

Seeking and Giving Forgiveness

Giving ForgivenessLent is a great time to not only seek God’s forgiveness, but to grant forgiveness to others, as well. When we seek God’s forgiveness, we make right our relationships with God. When we seek or give forgiveness to others, we make right our relationships with our neighbor. Seeking forgiveness from God seems much easier than seeking or giving forgiveness to others. Wouldn’t you agree?

When we seek forgiveness from God, we know that He hears us and is quick to forgive. For that, we express gratitude. Yet, we humans tend not to be so quick to seek and give forgiveness when it come to our fellow men. Sometimes, we hold back from seeking forgiveness from others because we fear rejection. Continue reading