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Watcha’ doin’ ? February 20, 2012

Posted by w2lj in Uncategorized.
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For Lent, that is?  Ash Wednesday is the day after tomorrow.

Are you like many of us, who will make a sacrifice and give something up?  Maybe television, the Internet, chocolate or something else that is very part of your nature?  I read on a Catholic Website of a family who is going to try and do without electricity one night each week during Lent.  No, they won’t be turning off the main breaker, and they will allow small night lights so that they can navigate the house safely.  But they will try to do without the “normal” evening time artificial illumination, as well as TV and computers in order to lessen distractions.  They will use that time for prayer and Bible reading by candlelight in order to draw closer to the Lord.

But if you’re in a quandary about what to “give up”, how about not giving up anything at all?  How about doing something additional, instead?  Need some ideas?

  • Spend some time each night reading from one of the Gospels before going to bed?
  • Instead of listening to the radio during your daily commute – how about saying a rosary instead?
  • Take the money that you’d spend on that extra cup of coffee at work and place it in the Poor Box instead?
  • Take part in your parish’s Lenten program or parish mission, if your Pastor is holding one?
  • How about daily Mass, if you’re available?
  • A conscious effort to attend Stations of the Cross?
  • Go to confession if you haven’t been since you can remember?
  • All of the above and more?

The point is to not Lent go to waste!  It is a precious gift from God where we spend time getting ready to contemplate the Mystery of Salvation and to prepare for  season of Easter.  Make an effort for this not to be just another “normal” time of the year for you. Jesus came down to earth to suffer the cruelest kind of death, to restore the rift between God and man, that WE caused! When you receive Holy Eucharist this Easter-tide, know that He is truly present, and is coming to you as the food necessary in order to receive eternal life. How awesome is that?

There is no one, NO ONE who loves you more than God.

J+M+J

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