Reflections On The Journey
|Posted on April 4, 2022 at 8:15 AM|
We are already several weeks into Lent – and in just two weeks it will be Easter. I can’t believe how fast the time has gone. I have to say that my Lent has not gone as “well” as I had hoped. I did not do great acts of penance, and I barely managed to keep up with my daily prayers (I had a few slips and catch-ups).
I know I need to step up my game, and so I am planning to attend a reconciliation service this week. I will continue to fight to become holier and purer so I am ready for Our Lord’s passion, death and resurrection.
I hope your Lent is going well, and that you have received some blessings from it. If it hasn’t gone so well, I invite you to join with me in re-committing to your Lenten goals. And so I encourage you to say this prayer with me today:
O Lord, this holy season of Lent is passing quickly. I entered into it with fear, but also with great expectations. I hoped for a great breakthrough, a powerful conversion, a real change of heart; I wanted Easter to be a day so full of light that not even a trace of darkness would be left in my soul.
But I know that you do not come to your people with thunder and lightning. Even St. Paul and St. Francis journeyed through much darkness before they could see your light. Let me be thankful for your gentle way. I know you are at work. I know you will not leave me alone. I know you are quickening me for Easter - but in a way fitting to my own history and my own temperament.
I pray that these last two weeks, in which you invite me to enter more fully into the mystery of your passion, will bring me a greater desire to follow you on the way that you create for me and to accept the cross that you give to me. Let me die to the desire to choose my own way and select my own desire. You do not want to make me a hero but a servant who loves you.
Be with me tomorrow and in the days to come and let me experience your gentle presence. Amen.
Have a blessed Monday!
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