Lenten Reflection Day 14: Isaiah 1:16

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“Wash yourselves clean!

Put away your misdeeds from before my eyes;

cease doing evil.” (Is 1:16)

Reflection

I cannot function well when I do not take a shower. I am less patient, loving, and caring if I feel dirty.

The same is true for my spirituality. When misdeeds stain my heart, I cannot perform my vocations properly as husband, father, and deacon.

One spiritual activity we can benefit from this Lenten season is reconciliation or confession. Its grace is like soothing water that removes our hearts’ impurities.

Today’s Intention:

Lord, I want to be cleaned from my misdeeds; please forgive me.

Peace and Goodness

Lenten Reflection Day 12: Mark 9:2-3

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“And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them.” Mark 9:2-3

Reflection

Lent offers transfiguration. However, like other graces available to us through the love of God, it is up to us to accept this gift of spiritual transformation.

The good news is that when we accompany Jesus with a humbled and contrite heart, we, too, can experience the”light of Tabor” in our hearts as Peter, James, and John did.

Today’s Intention

Lord, open our eyes this Lent to see your radiance and be transformed by your love into faithful children of God.

Peace and Goodness

Lenten Reflection Day 11: Matthew 5:46

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“For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same?” (Matthew 5:46)

Reflection

Lent challenges us to disengage the auto-pilot of our spirituality. It is an occasion to grow in faith, hope, and charity by praying and ministering to those we dislike. To fast from hatred toward those who we do not consider deserving of our love.

Today’s Intention:

Lord, give us opportunities this Lent to step away from our spiritual comfort zone by praying and ministering to those we disapprove.

Peace and Goodness

Lenten Reflection Day 10: Psalm 130:1

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“Out of the depths I call to you, Lord;

Lord, hear my cry!” (Psalm 130:1)

Reflection:

There is so much despair in our world, and its consequences are infecting us physically, emotionally, and mentally. Grief, loneliness, depression are robbing us of connections, joy, and peace. All of us, directly or indirectly, have been touched by the claws of despair. The pain we experience begs the question: Where is God?

The good news is that God is within each of us. He is present in the prayers we offer for each others. God is present in our almsgiving to those in need. God is present when we unite our suffering with the Passion of Jesus Christ.

Today’s Intention:

Lord, hear our cry for help this Lent and give us relief. May the Holy Spirit give us the strength to withstand suffering; to inspire those with resources to share them compassionately with those in need.

Peace and Goodness