Call me crazy, but I'm excited and pumped up about LENT!
It didn't start out very well. Ash Wednesday morning, I got to work early. One of my coworkers had purchased some candy. He's diabetic so he only wanted to taste it. He hands me the rest, so OF COURSE I immediately pop one in my mouth! ... the hell is that?
Sorry, but swearing was not one of the things I promised to give up, though I probably should have.
This year I feel differently. I usually make my plan, screw it up, get back to my plan and by the time Lent is over ... well, it didn't go very well.
Despite my infamous candy debacle, I'm ready this year! I have my 2014 Magnificat Lenten Companion and Flannery O'Connor's "A Prayer Journal." I'm also off work for the next four days which gives me a chance to read, pray and reflect. It also is time away from the annoying people at work who complain from the minute they walk in the door till they leave. (Good Lord, you woke up this morning! Shouldn't you be grateful for THAT?)
Sorry, I digress.
There are the little things that have been coming to my attention, like this great quote from Thomas Merton's The Sign of Jonas:
"I ought to know, by now, that God uses everything that happens as means to lead me into solitude. Every creature that enters my life, every instant of my days, will be designed to wound me with the realization of the world's insufficiency, until I become so detached that I will be able to find God alone in everything. Only then will all things bring me joy." via Heather King.
The one thing I read Wednesday that really set my soul on fire for this season, was my daughter's Facebook status:
Happy Lent everyone! Kind of an oxymoron but I hope everyone has a successful season. Keep in mind that it is vital to keep holy the Sabbath! So go to Mass! It'll benefit you greatly if you pay attention and fully give yourself to God for that hour each week! Let's cleanse our souls and reach happiness with God! I know I don't want to be in hell for eternity. So let's try our best!
Who raised that child?
May you keep the Sabbath, fully give yourself to God, cleanse your soul and reach happiness with God this Lenten season!
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