Jesus is the Reason for the Season

Jesus is the true meaning of Christmas

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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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!!!

 




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