Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Lenten Journey



"The Sacrifice of Our Lord Jesus Christ is the reason we are even able to make sacrifices in the first place."


Okay, the first week of Lent here and there is no better time to extract truth, goodness, and beauty than now.  I will be making it a point to blog during Lent. No better time then when you are trying to stick to good habits and discipline.

Lent is a time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. This is the time, as good as any really, to really dig into the faith and realize that we can give it all to God. Our day is filled with opportunities for Lenten sacrifices. Sure, the typical, not eating between meals, giving up sweets, staying off of Facebook, are good ways to gather up your strength through self-control and discipline, but how about what you take on? Lent is not always about giving up. Sometimes taking on things, can be just as difficult or even more difficult.

This Lent I want to take you on a journey of how we can take on and yes, give up the things that are a bit outside of the box. How about taking on a bit more compassion while driving? How about really making efforts to be on time to your appointments? How about not really caring what other people think?

Let's share this time of Lent and let us dig into to all the beauty the Church offers us in preparing ourselves for the Sacrifice that makes sense of all of our sacrifices. The Sacrifice of Our Lord Jesus Christ is the reason we are even able to make sacrifices in the first place. Our difficulties, even the most minute, even those we purposely take on, have a redeemable quality only because He redeemed us by His life. That one whopper of a ticket that Jesus redeemed by giving His life up on the Cross, basically cashed in all tickets of suffering for all of eternity, as long as they are united to Him.

Make this Lent count and make each day count by remaining connected and aware that each day we gather up our strength in self-discipline and self-control, we are preparing ourselves for the things this world does not prepare us for, preparing our hearts for eternity.

Have a blessed Lenten journey!


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