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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Lent is right around the corner!

Yikes! It's less than a week away, everybody!

Ash Wednesday, February 25th this year, starts our 40-day lenten journey with Christ. It's always a grace-filled season, an opportunity to deepen our relationship with God and others, a time to rededicate ourselves in love and service.

As always, we have wonderful resources available for personal, family, and parish use. Might I point out one new title? Lenten Grace was written by a team of Daughters of St. Paul. It contains reflections on each of the Gospel readings, from Ash Wednesday and extending to the octave of Easter. This book is the prayerful fruit of the sisters' own lectio divina. Here's a small taste, connecting with the parable of the prodigal son:

The Father's love is like the unending cascade of water crashing over Niagra Falls. The falls' awesome power is but a hint of the eternal Father's passionate, thunderous outpouring of life-giving love. Its force pushes aside any excuse I can mutter for ever running away from his love. It catches us and throws us into the depths of his heart--a "heart on fire" for each person. Lord, I am sorry for the times I have gone away "to a distant land" and broken your fatherly heart.

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