0 Lord of hosts be with us; for we have no help but Thee in troubles. 0 Lord of hosts have mercy on us - Praise him with the sound of the trumpet; praise him with lute and harp.
The season of Lent is a journey towards Easter and that we should travel with good heart to the joyful event of the Resurrection at Easter, to make room for the joyful heart to enter into us. After all the grace of God is knocking on the doors of our hearts, it is very near. It is an opportunity to turn once more to a welcoming Father; to a Father who wants to share with us his peace; the peace of Easter and the new hope.
Light a candle and enter into some prayer, no matter how little. God is always waiting to hear from us. The season allows us to do a small bit of harrowing of our heart, a bit of sowing of seeds of faith, hope and love into our lives. A time to shake ourselves up a small bit, to re-engage with the passionate love of our Saviour for each one of us.
It is also a season to re-enter into communion with our sisters and brother in the faith, those around us and those around the world with the opportunity to reach out materially and in prayer to those in need.
The ashes of Ash Wednesday are a reminder of our need to turn once more to God, to put him first in our lives as best we can as we take once more to heart the message of the psalm:
with a spirit of fervor sustain me,
that I may teach transgressors your ways
and sinners may return to you.
and my tongue shall ring out your goodness.
O Lord, open my lips
and my mouth shall declare your praise.
burnt offering from me you would refuse;
my sacrifice, a contrite spirit,
a humbled, contrite heart you will not spurn.
Walk with Joyful heart with Jesus and Mary. Open your hearts and believe in the Resurrection
- FAQ on Lent from Patheos
- David Mills says "Just give it up"!
- Praying Lent - An online ministry of Creighton University
- Last years post from Sacred Space 102fm which had resources, Q&A about Lent, videos and some suggested reading for Lent.
- Check out Philomena over at Blue Eyed Ennis as she has some excellent links and resources for Lent and check in daily as it is a rare day that passes by without her having some reflection or poetry that will hit the spot! Two examples which she highlighted during the week were reflections from Fr Ron Rolheiser "The Ashes of Lent" and "Entering Lent"
- Our other posting about Lenten resources including the Ignatian Prayer Adventure which is being conducted over Lent but which you can join in at any stage.
- A few other bits and pieces from the Jesuits.
- Reading recommedations from Godzdogz
- On Ashes, Penance and Politics from Beginning to Pray
H/T People for Others:
faint-heartedness, lust of power, and idle talk.
humility, patience, and love to Thy servant.
and not to judge my brother,
for Thou art blessed unto ages of ages. Amen.
Some other links from around the web:
- egregious twaddle reflects on Dust, Remember; A memento mori
- What can Orthodox and Muslims teach us about fasting?
- The Anchoress has a round up of reflections and links as well as some reading recommendations for Lent
- Dating God reports Thomas Merton and Ash Wednesday