More than two weeks ago, we entered Lent longing for a newness that we cannot find within ourselves – indeed, Lent is God’s way of drawing us back to Himself in love. No matter how beset or beleaguered we may get because of the burdens we all face in our daily life, our faith convinces us that we are wanted by Someone who surpasses all our worries and woes. That Someone is God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And He is calling to us this Lent again, to His grace and mercy, to His love. No matter what our defects may be – no matter the gravity of our failures or the frequency of our forgetfulness of God, the Lord patiently calls us. We respond to God’s grace by trying to live for Him, in love for Him and for our neighbor – and we go to Mass and Confession, thirsting for mercy and love, to be forgiven, healed and strengthened by God, and we pray:
Lord, please take away our anxieties and our resistance. Because of our selfishness, our self-reliance and fear, we often end up saying “no” to You. Please take away our defiance. Help us to hear Your Voice calling us to Your Love.
Lord, please do not let us be slaves to our plans. Many good things have happened to us in ways that we never expected. Your loving providence is greater than anything that we could arrange. Help us to be aware of Your presence at every moment and to trust in You.
Lord, let us not be done in by discouragement. You know how prone we are to melancholy, bitterness, resentment and indifference. Help us to curb our contrariness and complaining. Help us to renew our desire to hope in You, to follow You, the source of all joy and love.
Lord, let us turn over to You all our self-doubt. Our limitations make us more aware of our need to depend on You. Beyond our understanding, You want us in Heaven for Life Eternal. Help us to hold fast to this truth.
Lord, let us experience this Lent a true conversion in living for You. Help us, dear Lord, to become totally receptive to Your will and to let You, my God, guide us. This Lent, help us to do spiritual and corporal works of mercy out of love for You and for our neighbor.
With peace and prayers in Christ,
Corporal works of mercy: feed the hungry; give drink to the thirsty; clothe the naked; shelter the homeless; visit the sick; visit the imprisoned; and bury the dead.
Spiritual works of mercy: counsel the doubtful; instruct the ignorant; admonish sinners; comfort the sorrowful; forgive injuries; bear wrongs patiently; and pray for the living and the dead. (See Matthew 25:31-46; Isaiah 58; Hebrews 13; Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1829 & 2447.)