And we’re off!!!
Lent – 40 days (actually 43 this year) of fasting in the dessert.
We recall that immediately after Jesus was baptized by John the baptist (his cousin) He went into the dessert for 40 days and nights. He didn’t even take a carry on bag or a camelbak.
So will we be able to pray with Jesus for forty days and nights? Let’s give it try.
We start with the simple perfect prayer. When all else fails, when you are tongue tied, frustrated and angry. Saying a simple prayer will help.
Our Father, Who art in heaven
Hallowed be Thy Name;
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in ,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temheaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespassesptation,
but deliver us from evil.
(taken from americancatholic.org)
St. Thérèse of Lisieux (1873-1897) spent her short life almost entirely in France. She made one exceptional trip to the feet of Pope Leo XIII in Rome. There, at age 15, she boldly asked to become a cloistered Carmelite.
In 1894, Sister Thérèse of the Child Jesus was asked to write her childhood memories, the beginning of her spiritual autobiography, Story of a Soul. Its pages detail the “Little Way of Spiritual Childhood,” which is our path this Lent.
May the wisdom of the Little Flower guide your growth in everyday goodness and greater awareness of grace.
I come to sing the mercies of the Lord.
On the first page of her autobiography, Thérèse writes that her story is a tale of God’s mercies.
Recall the many mercies you have experienced. Begin this season with gratitude.