Today on this last day before Ash Wednesday we will consider two things. The first is the devotion of the Stations of the Cross, a devotion that is widely celebrated during the season of Lent. Then, we will have a last minute “check list” to help you to decide what it is you will do this Lent.
Do you know how to pray? We can all be told over and over again that we need to pray. And on some level inside of us, we know we need to pray. But do we know how to pray?
I want to start today with the idea of asking Jesus to inform you what you need to do this Lent to strengthen your relationship with him and with his Church.
Yesterday I indicated that the intent was to go big and bold for the season of Lent. All around us it appears there is brokenness, violence, anger, depression, anxiety. One way we can help ourselves to remember that we have these blessings is to recognize what we take for granted.
It is hard to believe that Lent starts in just a few days. I do not know about you, but it often feels like Lent sneaks up on me, and then I scramble for something to do for the season of Lent. As a result, I do not think I always celebrate Lent the way I should. I do not give enough thought about what I need to do to become closer to Jesus as an active member of the Church.
There are times when it is important for us to remember the goal. What is the purpose of our life? Aristotle suggested that determining what something is for was and important way to explain something. Saint Thomas Aquinas applied this idea to humans, suggesting that we were made for living in beatitude with God ultimately in the Beatific Vision.
We all experience temptation. Even Jesus experienced temptation. How does Satan want to take you away from a relationship with God? That is his goal. Think about what you can do to use the grace of God just as Jesus did when he was tempted.