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Third Week of Lent:
March 11-17, 2012
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Daily Prayer This Week
This is a pivotal week of Lent. We can solidify the patterns we have begun or we can make a new start, if we haven't been able to get started yet. If we have begun to recognize what needs realigning in our lives and have begun to fast and abstain from some things that get in the way of our relationship with the Lord, then we are engaging in a struggle. We are likely uncovering resistance and experiencing our personal sinfulness face-to-face.
This is all preparing us for a deeper conversion, a readiness for reconciliation with God and the graces that will allow us to be a source of reconciliation with others. This is the time when we begin to see and experience how much God loves us at a new and more personal level. These graces prepare us to keep our eyes focused on Jesus in the weeks ahead - to learn from him, to fall in love with him more deeply and to be drawn to imitate him more completely. If we are just getting started with our Lenten journey, renewing our desires for these graces will be all we need to begin with a renewed openness. God does not need a lot of time to convince us of his love for us.
is a week about God's love for us and our call to love others the same
way. It is a week to keep
our daily focus on naming a desire each morning. The day ahead will
shape what we ask for as our feet hit the floor in the morning. Pausing
to thank the Lord for this day and to ask for the grace to let our mind
and heart be renewed in the concrete circumstances, relationships and
obligations of our day. Throughout the day, we can then return to those
desires in background of our awareness. Our request for the Lord's help
is always there and our consciousness of it will help us make the choice
we desire to make, to let go of what we need to let go of, to add what
we need to add. This will take us deeper and deeper into self-awareness
and a sense of our need for a Savior, who is right there to embrace
us and give us the graces we ask for.
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