lenten reflections (so far)

Here is a website I wanted to share with FAQs about Lent, I thought I’d share: LENT 101.

Let’s be honest, our lives are way too busy.  I’ve felt conviction since I began lent, last Wednesday, because the thing I chose to ‘give up’ has still not created the space I was hoping for to simplify my life.  There’s always something more to be done, and it’s always a never-ending list.  

One author describes lent as being a “heavy season”, in which we are to deal with the attitudes, thoughts, actions, and all the physical and spiritual junk we’ve accumulated in our lives.  Honestly,  I don’t even know where to start.

I encourage you to do your own cleaning out.  Lent is actually where the term and idea of “spring cleaning” came from, and also includes the physical side of our homes, only we should remember to give away things we do not want, and give them to those who are in need.

“Contradictions, sicknss, scruples, spiritual aridity, and all the inner and outer torments are the chisel with which God carves his statues for paradise” -Alphonsus Liguori 

“Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again”.

prayer

“God of mercy, come into the hidden places of our hearts.  Christ of compassion, come into the broken places of our world.  Spirit of life, come into the polluted places of our lives.  Forgive us, heal us, redeem us, lead us from death to eternal life.”

Our father in heaven, holy is your name.  
May your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  
Give us today our daily bread.  
Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.  
Lead us not inot temptation, but deliver us from evil.  
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours.  
Now and forever.
Amen.

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