Written by Emily
It’s hard to believe that the Lenten season is once again upon us. It’s a time of reflection, sacrifice, and growing closer to God. It’s also a time where many people are preparing to enter the church. This is my last Lenten season as a non-Catholic! While I won’t be entering at Easter Vigil (I will be in May or June), I ask that you pray for those individuals who are in their last few weeks of preparation. And pray for those who have maybe fallen away from God or the Church. This is the season that can really make a difference!
Ash Wednesday has always been one of my favorite days of the liturgical year. I always enjoy the service, get a lot out of the readings, and really love the message Ash Wednesday brings. I will be going to the prayer service during lunch today. I am really looking forward to that part of my day!
Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury,pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen
This has been one of my favorites ever since I started my Catholic schooling in 8th grade. I heard the song, looked up the prayer, and really fell in love with it! God really does provide everything that we need. I think I will be doing a lot of reflections on prayers during this Lenten season. I’m sacrificing sweets (I really have the worst sweet-tooth ever), but I also want to make this Lent more than just giving something up. I want it to be about giving back, and growing closer to God. I want to pray more and reflect more. I want to ready myself to join the Church in a few months. I want to disconnect more from the online world and grow closer to my fiance before we are married. This is the season to grow as a Christian and grow as a person.
What are you doing this Lent to grow closer to God?