Raw Expression

Fasting is not an end in itself but instead is, like prayer and the works of mercy, an expression of who we are before God and in relation to others. Fasting should make us generous, not self-righteous. Lord Jesus, show me the difference between what I truly need and what I may simply want.

-from Peace and Good

 

 

 

 

Struggling with Temptation

Pope Francis encourages us to recall during this Lenten season that our salvation lies in God alone. We can take comfort in the fact that Jesus himself was tempted by evil things. Seeing his battle with his adversary in more human and less cosmic terms can help us when we’re struggling with temptation.

-from The Hope of Lent

 

 

 

Hearing God Speak

Lent is a time to quietly examine our relationships. We examine our relationships with others as well as with the Lord. Too often we want to ignore, even criticize, the ones we come upon who give us the best advice. Lord, let me hear you speaking through others.

-from Sacred Silence

 

 

Indebted to God

God of life, we are grateful for the many gifts that you have given to us. May we become prudent stewards of your many gifts and not thoughtlessly waste water, food, and other resources. May we respond to your Son’s cry of thirst with lives of peacemaking and just action. We make his prayer in your name. Amen.

-from The Last Words of Jesus 

 

Road of Reconciliation

Lord Jesus, as I travel through my Lenten journey, I confess that I still have far to go on the “road of reconciliation.” Give me the courage I need to follow you, as Saint Teresa did, even when the road is hard. Holy Spirit, work in me so that one day I too might be a saint! Saint Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

-from Lent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta

 

 

Triumphant Heart

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, Our Lady of Fatima, our dear Mother in Heaven, please pray for us. Please help our world! We are comforted knowing that your Immaculate Heart will triumph.

-from Our Lady of Fatima

 

Make a Fresh Start

We need the cleansing water of life and of forgiveness. We need to clear the clutter from our hearts and minds. We need to accept pruning and nourishment to grow in God’s grace and perhaps make a fresh start on the journey.

-from Sacred Silence

Strive to Serve

Lord, teach me to be generous. Teach me to serve you as you deserve; to give and not count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labor and not to ask for reward.

—Prayer of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

-from Lent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Gratitude Is Second Nature

Living honestly before God and in relation to all creation lessens our sense about what we “deserve.” Gratitude becomes second nature. People are then not seen as competitors for scarce resources but as men and women loved by God as much as we are.

-from Peace and Good

Renewed Enthusiasm

Dear Lord, send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing, so that your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.

-from The Hope of Lent