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Corporal Works of Mercy Make Lent Meaningful

Corporal Works of MercyNote: The suggestions in this post, on the Corporal Works of Mercy, may need to be modified, given the conditions that we now live under because of the coronavirus. Stay safe, one and all.

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If giving up chocolate, or wine/beer, was not your thing for Lent, and you want to do something meaningful, then try one of the Corporal Works of Mercy.

Corporal Works of Mercy

  • Feed the Hungry/Give Drink to the Thirsty: Consider donating your time to work at a homeless shelter, feeding the hungry and giving drink to the thirsty. Or, donate money to your local food bank.
  • Clothe the Naked: Consider giving away unwanted clothing to Goodwill or some other charity.
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See Lent Through the Eyes of Mary

Through the Eyes of Mary

Have you ever imagined what the Passion and death of Jesus looked like from Mary’s perspective? I had the opportunity a couple years back to attend a Stations of the Cross, using a booklet that presented each station through the eyes of Mary. It was an extremely powerful experience. (I’ve included a link to the Little Sisters of the Poor. Get a free download for yourself).

Lent, Through the Eyes of Mary

Talk about feeling helpless! Mary could only watch as the most horrific things were done to her Son. She saw Jesus bruised and bleeding, and like any good mother, she wanted to address His wounds. Yet, she could do nothing. Mary heard the crowd speak against Jesus, and Continue reading

Find Quiet Time for Jesus This Lent

Quiet Time for JesusIn the hustle-bustle of our everyday lives, many find it difficult to find some quiet time for Jesus. We get caught up in our chores, events, family needs, etc. When we lay our heads down at night, we are exhausted. It’s at times like these, that finding quiet time for Jesus is a must. Why? Because, we cannot succeed at anything without Jesus. Saint Francis de Sales is famously known for having quipped:

Half an hour’s meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed,

So, if you want to get all the chores done, attend that basketball game for your eighth grader, and visit an elderly parent in a nursing home, Continue reading

Embrace Lent and Grow Closer to Jesus

Embrace Lent

Many people look at Lent as a season of punishment, denial, etc. (add your own negative words as a description). I say that Lent offers me an opportunity to grow closer to Jesus. I find that to be a very good thing! When I embrace Lent for all that it has to offer, I achieve the following:

  1. A new perspective on what I need to do to walk the journey Christ asks me to walk.
  2. The advantage of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, where I receive a clean soul, united to Christ.
  3. More time spent with Jesus, one-on-one, through visits to the Blessed Sacrament. It is here that He works on my soul, in the hospital of sinners.
  4. Increased insight to Continue reading

Try Courtesy as a Lenten Sacrifice

Courtesy as a Lenten SacrificeI don’t know about you, but I had to turn away from politics. I couldn’t stand the backbiting and vitriolic comments slung in every direction. Yesterday was super Tuesday, so in recent weeks, the political ads were coming at me ad nauseum. I live in North Carolina, one of the super Tuesday states with primaries. The lack of common courtesy, so prevalent, in our society today, especially in the political ads, gets me down, to the point where I need to walk away, close myself off, and regroup. Why can’t we be civil with each other? Maybe we should all try courtesy as a Lenten sacrifice.

Courtesy as a Lenten Sacrifice

Who would have thought that we would ever Continue reading

When Unable to Forgive, Seek Mercy First

Seek Mercy FirstIs there that certain someone in your life that you just can’t forgive? Do you believe their actions defy forgiveness? Or, is it that you just can’t bring yourself to the point where you can let go? If you can’t forgive, then seek Mercy first.  Mercy is the first step toward forgiveness. Ask God to give you what you need to grant mercy to the offender. Your Mercy is not forgiveness, but it is an attitude that causes you to react with kindness and compassion toward someone who offends you.

Seek Mercy First

God will grant mercy to each of us to the extent that we grant mercy to others; just as He will grant forgiveness to each of Continue reading

Ash Wednesday and Lent Begins!

Ash WednesdayWow! How time flies! It seems like it was Christmas, just yesterday. Today, we approach the solemn season of Lent. Throughout Lent, we engage in fasting, prayer and almsgiving. Why? Well, let’s start with Ash Wednesday.

Ash Wednesday

On Ash Wednesday, we take the blessed palms received from the last Palm Sunday and we bring them back to our Church for burning. Once burned into blessed ashes, the priest, or designee, applies the blessed ashes on our foreheads, stating, “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, and unto dust you shall return.”  These ashes mark us as followers of Christ, for all to see. If you are Catholic, and have received ashes in the past, you know what I mean. Continue reading

Jesus Asks: What Have You Been Arguing About?

What have you been arguing aboutIn today’s Gospel reading, we see Jesus conduct an exorcism of an evil spirit from a young boy.  But, before He performs the exorcism, He takes note of the people arguing among themselves.  He asks the crowd, “What have you been arguing about?” (Mark 9:16). We’ll never know, because the father of the young man interrupts, asking Jesus to heal his son. Jesus finds more importance in the healing of the young man as compared to  the crowd’s argument with the scribes. He addresses the father’s plea and drops any discussion of His question.

What Have You Been Arguing About?

Imagine if Jesus came for the Second Coming and asked us what we have been Continue reading