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To: fatfertile; cyborg; Paved Paradise; Bigg Red; TASMANIANRED
Tuesday, First Week of  Lent
"Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. This is how you are to pray: ‘Our Father....’" (Matthew 6:8-9)


Reflection.
. . .AND GOD SAID "NO."

I asked God to take away my pride,
And God said "No."
He said it was not for Him to take away,
But for me to give up.

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole,
and God said, "No."
He said her spirit is eternal,
While her body is only temporary.

I asked God to grant me patience,
And God said, "No."
He said patience is a by-product of tribulation.
It isn't granted - it is earned.

I asked God to give me happiness,
And God said "No."
He said He gives blessings,
Happiness is up to me.

I asked God to spare me pain,
And God said "No."
He said, "Suffering draws you apart from
Worldly cares and brings you close to Me."

I asked God to make my spirit grow,
And God said "No."
He said I must grow on my own,
But he will prune me to make it fruitful.

I asked God if He loved me,
And God said "Yes."
He gave me His only Son, who died for me,
And I will be in heaven someday
Because I believe.

I asked God to help me love others
As much as He loves me,
And God said,
"Ah, finally you have the idea."

.....by Claudia Minden Welsz


Lenten Fact
The word "lent" means "lengthen" and stands for that time in spring when the days grow longer.


Lenten Action.
Schedule a fifteen minute period of silence today to listen to your heart and to the Lord speaking to you.

Prayer
God our Savior,
bring us back to you and fill our minds with your wisdom.
May we be enriched by our observance of Lent. Amen


16 posted on 02/22/2010 11:05:44 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: fatfertile; cyborg; Paved Paradise; Bigg Red; TASMANIANRED
Wednesday, First Week of  Lent
"For at the preaching of Jonah they reformed, but you have a greater than Jonah here." (Luke 11:32)

Reflection.

"Go through the world unnoticed if you can. Secret privations, secret sacrifices of your own will, which will never be known until all things are revealed, are surer instruments of perfection than chains and shirts of hair."
...Fr. Lasance

Lenten Fact

The original period of Lent was 40 hours. It was spent fasting to commemorate the suffering of Christ and the 40 hours He
spent in the tomb.
In the early 3rd century, Lent was lengthened to 6 days. About 800 AD it was changed to 40 days.


Lenten Action.

Plant a seed or bulb and watch it develop through the spring. Pray for your own spiritual growth.


Prayer

O Jesus, humbled to abjection for me, teach me to humble myself for love of You.

17 posted on 02/24/2010 12:11:12 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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