February 24, 2007

Lenten Journey

It was the first time in a long time that the fireplace was lit. It was comfortable to sit by the fire and feel the warmth. Not many people have that in some parts of the world. Some just barely have a roof over their head. The plight of the world.

I know I have my trials and in other parts of the world some live in such a way that my trials are small compared to theirs. And for others it's the opposite too. Do any of us really ever understand the needs of others. Not until we undergo it ourselves. But even then do we learn it's value. I think it's been part of life to learn and keep on learning. To love God and keep on loving him.

I've always been thankful for what I have and what I don't have. When there's loss of power or some other set back, I try to look at it as God's blessing. It's not really a set back but a reminder of how blessed we are to have these things. And in those moments of reflection, it's time to recall where others live without these blessings. During lent these reflections are more pronounced, because when we give up something it should be a great sacrifice. One year without realizing what I was doing I gave up meat during lent. My diet consisted of Asparagus and Boca Burgers (veggie burgers), three times a day. It wasn't much food either. That was two years ago.

I looked forward to lent this year, to pray with a deeper sense for those who cannot sacrifice or give up something that would enrich their journey during lent. I've added to my Lenten journey this year. I hope it will bring the meaning of the Cross of Christ much deeper for me. To know the sacrifice Jesus gave for us and why. Salvation! On that note I will conclude this day with love.

5 Words of Wisdom:

forget me not said...
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forget me not said...

Sorry, that was me. Big typo!
Here it goes again:
My friend, Padre Salvatore told me he is suffering terribly right now. I said there's a reason sick people are called "patients". He replied that priests preach patience all the time to the sick, but they cannot know what it means until they experience that same suffering.

Now he knows what it means.

Marie Cecile said...

It's true too, we often do not know how the other suffers unless we too suffer it. I will pray for your friend fmn. And typo's are okay, I make many myself.

teresa_anawim said...

i like that idea of adding something to the life for the Lenten Observance.
I also find that in adding something, a lot of other things are left behind and eradicated, being denied ..automatically...all for the better!

Marie Cecile said...

giving up much cleanses.

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