1st Sunday of Lent

IMG_1862Now although I know not everyone who reads this is not Catholic, I’m just writing  about my journey that I’m taking during this Lenten Season and what I am learning about the world through these personal experiences.  Lent is the season to reconnect with God.  To take a personal journal to see how Jesus suffered and died for our sins so that we could all go to heaven.  First let me say that I am by no means a great Catholic, going to church every Sunday and blah, blah, blah.  In fact today was the 1st time that I have been to mass since July.  In my life things got a little challenging or more like it imploded this past summer.  So it was very difficult for me to even go to church.  I use to say the rosary all the time before (A Catholic prayer ) and I just couldn’t seem to do it anymore.  But as lent approached, I guess the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, “It will help you to come back and talk to God.  Let Him walk with you to lighten your load.  Really it will help,” said the Holy Spirit.  Well I thought it can’t hurt and I might as well try to come back and re-establish a relationship with our Lord.

First you have Fat Tuesday, i.e. Mardi Gras.  Party and get ready for fasting and praying.  Ash Wednesday, it’s not a holy day of obligation but it is the official start of lent. “Remember man that you are dust, and to dust you shall return,” as the priest makes a cross on the top of you head with ashes from the burnt palms from last year’s Palm Sunday.   So then you walk around with a blackened forhead all day.  Fasting that day, no meat and 1 meal that cannot be larger than you 2 smaller ones you have.  Or something like that, I never really knew.  Also that is the day you give up some worldly comfort.  Candy, coffee i.e. something that you really like to do.  However this year I decided rather than give something up, (which I’ve never been any good at anyways) I’ve decided to give.  Do something kind for a stranger.  Buy his coffee, pay for her gas, get a grocery store gift card and give it to the mom who looks like she needs some help, maybe say a rosary for someone who needs that very powerful prayer.   Almsgiving I think that is what that is called.  I try to do it anonymously because that’s how you are suppose to do it.  Buy telling you about this, I’m not really giving up my anonymity.  In fact by sharing I’m also evangelizing (spreading the word) which is another thing you are suppose to be doing during lent.  Really Lent is about praying, practicing your religion (The Sacraments) and getting forgiveness from God.  Trying to be a better person and less indulgence.  Leading a simpler life.

This first week of Lent has gone good.  I still need to do more, but I am happy with my efforts.  Today me and the husband went to Mass and we re-connected with an a priest from our past of like 30 years ago.  He even remembered us, so that was all good.  It was a good Sunday with good food, resting and staying warm.  Watching our shows, The Ultimate Alaskan Survivor and the Blackhawks except they lost boo hiss.  My guys have hit a rough patch.

Now getting back to the work week.  A brand new week with all kind of possibilities.  Love the new week.  Well happy Sunday night to you all.  Have a great week.

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