Jesus is the Reason for the Season

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Happy Ash Wednesday!

 

 “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”

 

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent, a time of reflection and repentance and reconciliation with God.

In other words, you get to start over.

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That to me is a great thing.  God’s mercies are renewed every morning, and as human beings we need a lot of forgiveness, and a lot of chances to make things right again between us and God and between us and the people in our lives.  We “Fall down 7 times, but get up 8” — we are human, we fail, but we can get up again and try once more to do better.

As Catholics we are so lucky — so blessed —to have these opportunities to come back home to God.  We have Confession so that the mistakes we make in life do not weigh us down — we get to lay down our burdens at the feet of Jesus and start over again.

We have the Lenten season where we can reflect again on our lives, on our relationship with God and discover where we need to grow, to heal, to forgive and be forgiven.

We are strengthened by the Eucharist, healed by Confession and renewed by this season of Lent.

We are so blessed.

There are a number of resources out there with wonderful Lenten reflections, for example:

Praying Lent from Creighton University

http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Lent/index.html

The Holy Season of Lent

http://www.ewtn.com/faith/lent/

And we await Easter morning with a joyful heart as we renew our faith during this Lenten season and are given yet another opportunity to grow closer to God.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted 8 years, 7 months ago.

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T’was the Month Before Christmas…..

Twas the month before Christmas
 
When all through our land,
 
Not a Christian was praying
 
Nor taking a stand.
 
See the PC Police had taken away
 
The reason for Christmas – no one could say.
 
The children were told by their schools not to sing
 
About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.
 
It might hurt people’s feelings, the teachers would
say
 
December 25th is just a ‘ Holiday ‘.
 
Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and
 credit
 
Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!
 
CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-Pod
 
Something was changing, something quite odd!
 
Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa
 
In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.
 
As Targets were hanging their trees upside down
 
At Lowe’s the word Christmas – was no where to be
found.
 
At K-Mart and Staples and Penny’s and Sears
 
You won’t hear the word Christmas; it won’t touch your
ears.
 
Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty
 
Are words that were used to intimidate me.
 
Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf
Blitzen
 
On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton !
 
At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter
 
To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.
 
And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith
 
Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace
 
The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and
discarded
 
The reason for the season, stopped before it started.
 
So as you celebrate ‘Winter Break’ under your ‘Dream
 Tree’
 
Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.
 
Choose your words carefully, choose what you say
 
Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS ,
 
not Happy Holiday !
 
Please, all Christians join together and
 
wish everyone you meet
 
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
 
Christ is The Reason’ for the Christ-mas Season!!!!

(This is a very clever and unfortunately true early Christmas card that is being passed on through emails this year.  Many thanks to the brilliant and insightful author, and may our Christmas celebrations of the future begin again to belong to Christ!)

Posted 9 years, 10 months ago.

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A New Season…

 To every son and daughter
Wayward and long gone
The love of a Father will leave the light on”

(From Nichole Nordeman’s “Lay it Down.”)


You know, it just occurred to me that there are other Seasons besides Christmas!  We are now in the Season of Lent preparing our hearts for the Risen Christ at Easter. 

 Lent is an incredibly important Season — an opportunity for a new beginning and a new relationship with the God Who loves us.  It’s an opportunity to stop and think, to turn around and find a new path. It is a time to lay the weight of the world –all of our sufferings, sin and burdens — down at the feet of Jesus and start anew.

 

 Here are a few lovely places to begin your Lenten Season — reflections, online rosaries and other things that I hope will help you on your journey.

“Praying Lent”  For Lenten prayers and reflections:  http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Lent/

And here is their Daily Prayer Blog: http://dailyprayers.prayinglent.com/

“Come Pray the Rosary” is a beautiful site that allows you to pray the Rosary with people from all around the world in real time.  http://www.comepraytherosary.org/

“The Virtual Rosary”  is a way to remind yourself to pray the Rosary every day and comes complete with an application that you can download in order to pray the mysteries of the Rosary.  http://www.virtualrosary.org/

God bless you in this new and wonderful season!!!

 




Posted 10 years, 6 months ago.

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