Thursday, March 02, 2017

Being Continued

As I am typing this, it is now tomorrow, although not for very long.

The ashes placed on our foreheads have been removed. The hunger pangs associated with yesterday's fast have subsided. The second day of Lent is almost done.

The season, however, has just started.

Again, we are faced with the dilemma of yesterday's Gospel reading and how to apply it this year.What kind of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving are we to add? How it this going to benefit us not only for the next six week but beyond? How are we going to heed the call to repentance and conversion? How will we ready ourselves to truly take part in celebrating Christ's resurrection?

Suggestions abound, some familiar and some new. Tried and true, while comfortable, maybe might be spiritual milk now. Novelties may not have passed muster. As your body was craving food, your soul might be craving a different kind of nurturing.

Seek, and you shall find. Perhaps by the end of week you will have something in place. And it doesn't have to be grandiose.

For me, it is more consistent prayer. I want to learn how "to pray at all times", to let my thoughts, words, and deeds rise like incense. As I am drawn to formal prayers, it will most likely be a commitment to recite the Rosary, the Angelus, the Morning Offering, and the Divine Mercy Chaplet every day. This will force me to make the time to be in the presence of God and become even more aware of Him.

But if prayer is a conversation with God, I also need to find the time to listen. That may have to evolve as Lent progresses. Again, it is about making time for it.

That's my plan and I am sticking to it, with the help of God's grace.

Go find one for you that will produce much fruit.

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