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Lenten Wilderness

“The wilderness will lead you to your heart where I will speak.”

Hello wilderness, here I come, ever more deep into you and away from the world. Teach me in the silence and in the depths of my being, undistracted by the world we live in. Help me to separate from that which I must separate in this time of more intense prayer. Guide me to the way of holiness that I strive for in each sacrifice made, both now and forever more.

I pray that Lent may be fruitful for you and bring you closer to the one who loves you most and holds you close. He will be with you as you travel with Him, striving for holiness.

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2012 in Inner Reflection

 

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T’was The Night Before Lent

T’was the night before Lent

All my strength hath been spent

Then came along this one desire

Do something else to light the fire

It is not but another Lenten year

And life still holds much fear

Who can say when I will go

How much knowledge I will know

This I hear ringing in my head

With Jesus I am to be fed

But then the clatter once again

My life is not something to bargain

So this night before Lent does start

What is my sacrifice from the heart

Pray I must now to heaven above

So I can show greater love

As I sit here tonight, which the complete intention of doing my homework, I can not help but let my mind drift off to thinking of what I am doing for Lent.  Yes, I always hold off to the last moment.  Sure, I am giving up all sweets on account of that is what we do here in the house.  There are so many things that one could do for Lent, but I want to do something that means a little more than giving up food or Facebook or such things.  I want to do more than adding just another rope prayer into my day.  The prayer and hope I have is that when meditation comes around, God will inspire me to what shall be for me this Lent.

Have you thought seriously enough about what God is calling you to do this Lent or have just picked something because it is challenging/easy or what everyone else is doing?

Who is Jesus to you and what is He worth in your life?

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2011 in Creative Corner, Inner Reflection

 

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Ringing in Prayer

On Fridays during Lent we have been, as a community of staff at the retreat center, going through the Stations of the Cross put together by one of the brothers.  As each Friday comes, we continue to move through the Stations.  I love that we stop whatever we are doing at three ‘o’ clock, head to the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, and take time to pray.  It is so important and I think that we should do it everyday.

Today something interesting came upon my reflection.  The phone started ringing.  We all stayed put and ignored the work to spend time in prayer.  This person must have been persistent because it started ringing again right after it stopped.  Yet still, we stayed put in our prayer.  This is what things should be like in life.  Prayer should be taking over our life and not being put aside for anything else.  This is something I am continuing to learn and re-realize each day.

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2010 in Inner Reflection

 

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A Lenten Prayer for Guidance

A Lenten Prayer for Guidance

What is it Lord?

What do you want of me?

For giving of food is not enough,

but then do you wish me to do?

To be closer to you I do long.

To go to the desert with you I want.

How shall I do this?

Where can I go to hear your voice?

In prayer I can land,

by the hours of the varying sorts.

Lord guide me to you,

God give me the strength to do your will,

Spirit move in all my being,

So that I may give of myself what you wish.

-Yours Truly

When Lent comes around, a lot of people first think of giving up food as a default, but think nothing of the other things that on can give of themselves.  I do not undermine the importance of giving up food or facebook to some people because for some it really does provide a roadblock to seeing Christ.  For me, I do not see food or things on the web to be a hindrance to my life, living with Christ in me.  My focus comes in many forms of prayer and reflection.  As to what exactly I will be doing, one does not need to know unless on a must tell situation (like stepping out from work and other related things).  Look at this reading for today, Matthew 6:16, 16-18.

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Take care not to perform righteous deeds
in order that people may see them;
otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.
When you give alms,
do not blow a trumpet before you,
as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets
to win the praise of others.
Amen, I say to you,
they have received their reward.
But when you give alms,
do not let your left hand know what your right is doing,
so that your almsgiving may be secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.
“When you pray,
do not be like the hypocrites,
who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners
so that others may see them.
Amen, I say to you,
they have received their reward.
But when you pray, go to your inner room,
close the door, and pray to your Father in secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

“When you fast,
do not look gloomy like the hypocrites.
They neglect their appearance,
so that they may appear to others to be fasting.
Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you fast,
anoint your head and wash your face,
so that you may not appear to be fasting,
except to your Father who is hidden.
And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.”

When we are so used to being in community in the Catholic Church, sharing in our faith lives with others, this is somewhat an odd concept.  We share in miracles that have occurred, in ways that the Spirit moves.  Then there is the Lenten season.  I see this as a way to take into us Christ, more than any other moment in live that we would do so.  We take ourselves into the desert and dig deep into ourselves.  God is calling us to be in solidarity with His Son and know the love that is there for us.  I strive to be mindful of what I am being called to do each day.  I wish to continue to prepare myself for formation to be a sister as I feel God wants me to do.  Lord, whatever you want I will strive to do.

Fact: Distinct characteristics of the Salesian spirituality are the three devotions that have been part of their prayers since the beginning.  This is one of them: “Love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. It is He who fires our soul with a love that compels others to Him.”

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2010 in Creative Corner, Living Salesian

 

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