Lent began yesterday with Ash Wednesday on March 1. For the first time in 30 years, my son’s birthday fell on Ash Wednesday. He just reminded me of that this morning.
I’ve been thinking about it all along. After a hiatus, I went to the evening distribution of ashes at St. Pat’s Church in Parnell in freezing cold, although we’ve been having 50 plus temperatures. The beautiful church was packed out in a solemn ceremony.
I thoroughly enjoyed the hymns, since I want to pick up playing the piano again, and the songs seemed reasonably simple.
That’s how I am going to make this Lenten season, simple, joyful, thoughtful and sharing.
Joel 2:12-18 II
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
I blew it already; I messed up! In Florida last week, I did all that I could to spend as much time in the sun, so when I came home, you would notice my big change; my tan, but it is already fading. If I had just one more day, maybe my tan would stay longer! Lent is not about making a change that will fade away, or about being noticed. Lent is about making a change that will last forever in our lives and letting God be the one to be noticed. That is why the Church in her great wisdom gives us the three disciplines of Lent, of almsgiving, prayer, and fasting, pick one or all three.
Joel in our first reading says, “Do not let people ask, where God is?” We need to show God in…
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