With all of our imperfections, we begin and end each day at the foot of the cross. It is here where our story begins and we pray it is where it will end. "Jesus said: Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light." ~Matthew 11:28-30~
Listen to God's voice at the foot of the crucifix." ~St. Gaspar del Bufaro~
Monday, March 7, 2011
I just had to share this reflection that I just received in the mail from my parish mentor/friend:
LENT~ A Season of Fasting and Feasting
"Even now says the Lord, return to me with your whole hearts, with fasting, and weeping and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the Lord your God."
Fast from judging others; feast on the Christ dwelling in them.
Fast from emphasis on differences; feast on our oneness.
Fast from the darkness around us; feast on the light of Christ.
Fast from thoughts of illness; feast on the healing power of God.
Fast from the words that pollute; feast on words that purify.
Fast from discontent; feast on gratitude.
Fast from withholding anger; feast on sharing feelings.
Fast from pessimism; feast on optimism.
Fast from worry; feast on trust.
Fast from guilt; feast on freedom.
Fast from complaining; feast on appreciation.
Fast from stress; feast on self-care.
Fast from hostility; feast on letting go.
Fast from bitterness; feast on forgiveness.
Fast from selfishness; feast on compassion for others.
Fast from discouragement; feast on hope.
Fast from apathy; feast on enthusiasm.
Fast from suspicion; feast on seeing the good.
Fast from idle gossip; feast on spreading the good news.
Fast from being so busy; feast on quiet silence.
Fast from problems that overwhelm; feast on prayerful trust.
Fast from talking; feast on listening.
Fast from trying to be in control; feast on letting go.
Try reading it slowly and reflecting on the ones that speak to your heart. I definitely found my weaknesses jumping out at me! *I'm posting this on a few of our bathroom mirrors for Lent*