Recently I was as asked if I won $1m how would I spend it?
Maybe Lent is like that… We are reminded that we are being invited to share in a great gift of graces and a new life. How will we spend Lent?
Lent is a time where we can ponder on the true treasures we desire, our deepest yearnings and longings and cry out for grace to truly seek after these. The graces of healing, forgiveness and peace are at heart of our deepest desires. All things can be changed and made new.
I make 3 offerings:
An extract from short essay by Fr. Daniel O’Leary entitled “Forging in the Smithy of the Soul –Sometimes we must sweat blood to stay faithful”. *
In part he says : “We endeavour to short-circuit the relentless call of Christ. We want to equate the increase in our religious behaviour during Lent with growth in holiness. There is, however, no cheap grace. …
In our mistaking of the outward ego for the inner essence we are unknowingly denying ourselves the possibility of any radical conversion. …
In Lent we grow by dying. There is no other way. In this dying we recognise the false face we’ve grown used to, the daily lies we tell, the thoughts of deception that crowd our minds, the infidelities we do not commit only because we might get caught, the lovelessness of our lives parading as shallow compassion, our collusion with conformity, our fear of beauty and big dreams…. p.28-29
I recommend the full very short essay, contained in “Already Within” by Fr. Daniel O’Leary and his weekly reflections at: http://djoleary.com/pages/general.htm
A song “And So” by Kirtana from her album “Unseen Grace.”
According to Wikipedeia kirtana is Sanskrit for “praise; eulogy” and is call and response chanting in India’s devotional traditions. It involves hymns, chanting or mantras to musical accompaniment.
Some days ago, I strolled among some gums and grasses quietly pondering and there before me was this short prayer – in the photo at the top of the page. Just as it came to me…I give it to you- the Invitation to Repentance….