Well, why not!
Happy Lent, Coleus, kstewskis, petronski, fortunecookie, cyborg, hitmanLV, victoria delsoul and everybody!
This is so true!! Like Carlomagno, over the years, I have extended certain 'lenten sacrifices' throughout the year. Last year I gave up the "talking heads" on FOX, CNN and MSNBC. Silence permeated the house which was then filled with prayers and devotions, along with reading Scripture. It has brought so much peace to my life.
hmmm, I gave up beef but some of those other things sound like good things to give up also. I can't give up elevators and continue my job (high heels, 8 floors, not safe for old lady), or cell phones for the same reason but a 40 day sabatical sounds lovely. I guess I could give up Law and Order. hmmm, maybe next year. I really only watch Law and Order and occasionally Fox and Friends.
To appreciate all of Gods breezes.
Beg pardon, but there are enough anti-oxidents in chocolate to justify a little every day.
Lent is a privileged time of interior pilgrimage towards Him Who is the fount of mercy. It is a pilgrimage in which He Himself accompanies us through the desert of our poverty, sustaining us on our way towards the intense joy of Easter. Even in the valley of darkness of which the Psalmist speaks (Ps 23:4), while the tempter prompts us to despair or to place a vain hope in the work of our own hands, God is there to guard us and sustain us. Yes, even today the Lord hears the cry of the multitudes longing for joy, peace, and love. As in every age, they feel abandoned. Yet, even in the desolation of misery, loneliness, violence and hunger that indiscriminately afflict children, adults, and the elderly, God does not allow darkness to prevail. In fact, in the words of my beloved Predecessor, Pope John Paul II, there is a divine limit imposed upon evil, namely, mercy (Memory and Identity, pp. 19ff.). It is with these thoughts in mind that I have chosen as my theme for this Message the Gospel text: Jesus, at the sight of the crowds, was moved with pity (Mt 9:36). ...