Ayla has been opening her resurrection eggs each morning and she says, “I can’t wait for Easter!” It is the waiting that reminds us of the beauty. Only three more days, He will rise and we can say the big “A” word again.
*photo of a Cholla Cactus in Joshua Tree National Park
“Lent reminds us that God’s way is – most of the time – not flashy and instantaneous. Good things occur in God’s good time.” ~Claire J King
We expect answers, solutions or satisfaction instantly in our world today. We live in a “right now” society. I think it’s important to realize that sometimes we can’t get what we want or even hope for, right away. It’s hard to wait. It’s even harder to wait patiently and to trust that God will show the way in His own way and time. There’s hope in the truth that He will always be there, even in the waiting.
“Come to the Table” by Sidewalk Prophets is the Tempo this Tuesday. The message of this song – everyone, no matter what is invited to come to Jesus’s table – is one of the messages of Lent. Lent is a time to reflect on the Lord’s love for all of us and how we can draw closer to Him through Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving. I pray that you remember that you are always welcome at our Father’s table.
Come to the table
Come join the sinners who have been redeemed
Take your place beside the Savior
Sit down and be set free
Come to the table
Come to the table
To the thief and to the doubter
To the hero and the coward
To the prisoner and the soldier
To the young and to the older
All who hunger, all who thirst
All the last and all the first
All the paupers and the princes
All who fail you’ve been forgiven
All who dream and all who suffer
All who loved and lost another
All the chained and all the free
All who follow, all who lead
Anyone who’s been let down
All the lost you have been found
All who have been labeled right or wrong
To everyone who hears this song
Tablescape Photo Styled by The Vintage Lease – Photo by Cadey Reisner Weddings
“Lent is an annual opportunity to renew our trust in God’s presence, despite the threats of earthly forces. Jesus faced challenges head on, not just in the desert, but throughout his whole life and ministry, all the way to the cross.” ~Mark Neilsen
The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert,
and he remained in the desert for forty days,
tempted by Satan.
He was among wild beasts,
and the angels ministered to him.
*St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church – Hampden, Maine
“Joyologists* don’t worry obsessively, lament over the might-have-beens, or get caught up in ‘someday…’. They are grateful for every moment, give thanks for the good in their lives, and appreciate the little things- a breathtaking sunset, an engaging conversation, a delicious meal. Fully engaged in the now, when life gets bumpy, they choose to power ahead.” -Joseph Sica “Finding Hope When Life Hurts”
Ayla is always ready to help Avery. When I ask her to help him, she does it. She doesn’t complain about helping him like she does when I ask her to help with chores. I think she likes helping him. I know she loves him. She’ll even help him when she isn’t asked. I think she’s working at becoming a Joyologist.
*One who is grounded in God as the foundation of all our joy – aligning actions, interactions, choices, and behaviors with a joyous attitude and gratitude.
It’s Ash Wednesday and St. Valentine’s Day! I headed to mass this evening with only one child – Justine. I (actually) heard Father’s homily. He said, although some may say that it is quite the dilemma to have these two events happen on the same day, they are not that different.
Valentine’s Day is about celebrating love and the relationships in our lives. Ash Wednesday is about that, too. We are preparing and journeying through the lenten season to Easter – the day that God showed His love for all of us. The ultimate display of True Love.
I am blessed to live close to most of my extended family. I cherish the time I am able to spend with them. I hosted a couple of aunts and some cousins today for lunch and tried a new recipe. We all talked and enjoyed each other’s company. Living close allows me this opportunity and I am grateful for that. My children are also able to get to know their relatives – which to me, is important. God entrusts us to families – we should respect and love them. God is inside each of us. Loving each other shows love to God.
*Frenchman’s Bay, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, Maine
“The visible sign of ashes is only lived well by remembering the repeated reminder in the Gospel today to do one’s righteous deeds – prayer, almsgiving, fasting – in a hidden way, unseen by anyone but God. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.” ~Fr. Donald Haggerty
Tonight we headed to Ash Wednesday* mass- the 1st day of the Lenten Season. The parking lot was full and I had to park at the Hannaford across the street. That was a pain, but a blessing for the Church – a full church! On this day that signifies that we all need to make positive changes in our lives, Catholics want to show off their ashes. I know I do. I am able to show with an outward physical sign that I’m Catholic. I am also showing that I admit to have faults. Happy Lenting! I’ll be praying for you!
*Fr Mike Schmitz explains the Significance of Ash Wednesday
This Tempo Mardi Gras Tuesday I introduce you to “Hello Hey” by Connor Flanagan. I met Connor at the 2015 Maine Catholic Youth Convention. I love this catchy song because it’s about how the beautiful things in life are reminders of God and that no matter what He is always with us. We have the desire to be loved in the way God loves us and if we can try to love others the way he loves us then the world will be even more beautiful than it is already. As we begin Lent tomorrow, we must remember to LOVE.
It’s the simple things in life that keep reminding me of You
You got me singing like
Hello Hey Hallelujah
won’t you move me
come and shine through me
Hello Hey Hallelujah
So I said wake up, shape up, get your shine on, get your smile on
it’s a blessed day today, gifted in every way
a movement of grace the way the sun hits the sky at the break of the day
I live to be loved and I long to love more
from the moment that I rise to when my feet hit the floor
to whom much is given I know much is expected
but it feels like everyday I’m taken to school in this lesson
what a blessing to know the Father holds my heart
no matter how hard I fall, I’ll never leave His arms
no matter how close I feel, He holds me closer still
True love that’s real
I have been thinking about what I am going to do this Lent to grow in my relationship with Jesus. Ironically – or maybe God put it in front of my eyes – I came across Fr. Mike Schmitz’s video “Preparing for Lent.” The video reminded me of the three aspects of Lent: (1) Prayer, (2) Fasting and (3) Almsgiving. I was encouraged to solidify my Lenten plans. I am going to (1) read the Magnificat Lenten Companion’s daily reflections, (2) only look at Facebook (and any other social media sites) at night after my children are in bed, and (3) write a note to 40 people.
*More Lenten posts coming up – Lent is almost here!