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Spiritual Works of Mercy Make Lent Meaningful

Spiritual Works of MercyLooking for something uplifting to do this Lent that increases your own spiritual awareness? Look no further than the Spiritual Works of Mercy.

Spiritual Works of Mercy

  • Counseling the Doubtful: Encourage someone who is struggling with their faith to speak with your parish priest, where they can receive the answers needed to grow in faith.
  • Instructing the Ignorant: Volunteer and participate in faith formation groups in your parish. Becoming a Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) sponsor is a great place to start. At this time of crisis, look for ways to communicate virtually (by phone, Skype, or Google Hangout, to name just a few ways).
  • Admonishing the Sinner: Without judging, help others find their way Continue reading

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

The Calm Before the Storm: Holy Monday

Calm Before the StormYesterday, we heard the Passion of the Lord from Luke 22:14 to 23:56. With every reading of the Passion, we relive, with Jesus, His humiliation, passion and death. With today being Holy Monday, we reside in the calm before the storm of a turbulent Holy Thursday and Good Friday. So, today, might seem like any other day. Yet, it is different.

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the chief priests and scribes witnessed the crowd’s love for Jesus. This appreciation for Jesus made the chief priests and scribes feel uncomfortable – to the point where they began to plot Jesus’ death. They feared the rise and adulation of Jesus would deter devout Jews from the proper worship of God. They didn’t understand Continue reading

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

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