Thursday, February 14, 2013

"Celebrating" Lent

Sr. Alice, Sr. Julia, Sr. Tracey, Sr. Laura (blog post author)
Today was a big day for the folks in New Orleans. Its probably their biggest “feast”- For Mardi Gras is the last big “hoorah” before we head into Lent. And since the parades pass right in front of our house in Metairie, we joined in the fun today, along with some of our friends…   There was food, and lots of beads!!

The people were happy to see us joining in the celebration…. right before Lent begins...

Traditionally Lent calls for 3 practices: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Prayer to help us be more focused on Christ who is our Way to the Father, fasting to help our bodies share in the sufferings of Christ, and almsgiving to draw our attention to those in need. And all of this is done as a preparation for the celebration of the Paschal Mystery, the very center point of our faith; the “source and summit” of the Christian life as Vatican II states…
Celebrating the eve of lent New Orleans style

And so we put aside our Mardi Gras beads and King Cake, and turn our faces to the Cross, and to the One who hangs there: our Master and Lord, who is Way, Truth and Life.

Prayer
Prayer nourishes our intelligence, stirs up our awareness, stimulates and strengthens the will.  What follows is greater generosity in our daily commitments. Blessed Alberione

Fasting
Rather than forecasting the future of the world and society on the basis of more or less solid arguments, let us contribute to the building up and reconstruction of society in Christ through our silence and our work. Blessed Alberione

Almsgiving
Let us learn from the Divine master how to direct our heart, how to love the Lord, how to love people.  let us acquire from the Divine Master His virtures: docility, industriousness, charity, patience and all the virtures that He exercised in His private life. Blessed Alberione






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