lenten sacrifice

My Spiritual Director has taught me much.

In both big ways & rather small.

Regardless, he has always guided me wisely – toward ways of living a life

centered around God.

Consecration to BVM, March 25, 2015

A simple example has been in the way I begin a New Year. Instead of creating a New Year’s RESOLUTION, he has suggested in its place the consideration of discerning a

New Year’s DESIRE.

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a full heart…

“Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received – only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice, and courage.”

St. Francis of Assisi

Hello friends!

How is your lent moving along?

Circa Lent 2014

I have thought of you many times and have tried (often) to get back to this special-space to tippity-tap-type something just for you.

Finally today – a window of opportunity flung open and here I am to say –

“Hello! I’ve missed my time to be with you!”

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lead us

To despair is to give up all hope.

Jesuit Father Walter J. Ciszek certainly knew what it was to despair.

He was captured by the Russian army during World War II and convicted of being a “Vatican spy.” He spent some twenty-three agonizing years in Soviet prisons and the labor camps of Siberia. In his deeply personal story, He Leadeth Me, he relates how it was only through an utter reliance on God’s will that he managed to endure.

And yet he tells of the courage he found in prayer – a courage that eased the loneliness, the pain, the frustration, the anguish, the fears, the despair. For, as Ciszek recalls, the solace of spiritual contemplation gave him an inner serenity upon which he was able to draw amid the “arrogance of evil” that surrounded him.

Sadly, I think we are not only currently experiencing a period of great despair in our own Country,

but also that we are in need of profound prayer in our World today.

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