In our modern world, everything seems to be continually moving faster than we can actually recognize. From technology virtually training us to expect instant gratification, to simply being at a point in our lives where we have to manage a lot of things at once such as school, friends, sports, etc. We are losing the ability to slow down and recognize the blessings and joys which were placed in our lives by God.
This Lent, we are called to uphold the foundations of our faith and teach them to others so that when the time may come, we will be ready to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven as the best person we can possibly be along with those that we have helped along the way.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! When we hear of St. Patrick, we think of green clovers, drinking, parades, corned beef and cabbage, and parties. But how many of us think of the amazing Apostle of Ireland, St. Patrick?
So it is that time year again, Lent. For the longest time I dreaded this time of year because I had to eat the gross fish for school lunch every Friday. I did not look deeper into the faith behind why I gave certain things up, whether that be meat or my own personal offerings.
Lent… It’s a time of preparation. It’s a time of waiting. In the book of Exodus, the Israelites were complaining to Moses saying “Why did you ever make us leave Egypt? Was it just to have us die here of thirst with our children and our livestock?” It was at this point after years of trusting Moses, which they finally questioned what they were looking for. What was this piece of land?
We all get so spun up in day to day activities that we forget to look at the basic building blocks of peace. The quiet on a ride home. Or the exact opposite. Those moments of personal peace are different for everyone. Yet they are always going to be the simplest examples of God’s love.
There are just a lot of questions that make us truly uneasy. It is a scary time, and it may be easy to say not to panic, but the truth is the world is panicking and we don’t know who to trust anymore.
The ability to help someone that is in need during hard times gives you the gift of growing closer to God.
Lent is a time that offers us an opportunity to come to terms with our human condition and open the doors of our heart wider to understand our Lord a little bit deeper. For Lent we all decide what we are going to give up or what we are going to do, but in my opinion Lent is more like Advent where we prepare for Jesus’s coming.
During Lent, it is important to remember that God is always with us, through the good times and bad times. Lent is all about the forgiveness and cleansing of our sins and is the perfect time to do this. During Ash Wednesday we received ashes in the shape of a cross on our forehead and heard the words “Remember that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return”. This is very meaningful to me because it is a reminder that God has forgiven me and is always with me through this time of Lent and throughout the rest of the year as well.