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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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