My Fish Tail and Why I’m Glad I Didn’t Give Up Chocolate for Lent

I felt a little guilty still eating chocolate during these 40 days of prayer, fasting, and alms-giving. But I’m getting in plenty of penance anyway, thank you very much! Never would I have imagined myself doing what I did today, and although it didn’t take the self-discipline of denying myself every time I crave chocolate, it did take a different kind of dying to self. The air was Florida-winter cool (high 60’s/low 70’s) with grey skies and not much wind as we started out on our afternoon walk. My elderly friend wasn’t even grumbling about the cold and I was…continued

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Lent: 40 Days of Love

I entered into Lent with a whimper and a whine this year. I didn’t want to give anything up. I’m holding onto sanity by a thread – and that thread is Coke Zero, chocolate, and potato chips. If I give up any of those I may lose my will to live. So I thought I would instead add something…but I hadn’t come up with something I felt I could commit to for 40 days, beyond getting my 14 year old daughter to agree to pray Evening Prayer with me on our matching Laudate Apps. The day began with me whining…continued

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Sanctifying My Suffering, Holy Week

I had an opportunity to begin the way of the Cross with Jesus in my own little way. I had an arthrogram MRI, which means that first they inject dye into your elbow, and then after waiting for the dye to absorb they perform the MRI. After driving alone to the very painful nerve conduction test I had a few weeks ago, I decided to ask a friend to go with me for this. I was told it would be “uncomfortable.” I just didn’t want to go through it alone, not again. I felt guilty asking a friend to take…continued

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Renewing Our Acceptance of God’s Grace

More to mediate on, to think about in prayer, from Pope Benedict XVI’s Message for Lent 2011: Dear Brothers and Sisters, through the personal encounter with our Redeemer  and through fasting, almsgiving and prayer, the journey of conversion towards Easter leads us to rediscover our Baptism. This Lent, let us renew our acceptance of the Grace that God bestowed upon us at that moment [of baptism], so that it may illuminate and guide all of our actions. What the Sacrament [of baptism]signifies and realizes, we are called to experience every day by following Christ in an ever more generous and authentic…continued

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Deep Conversion: Reflection on Message of His Holiness Benedict XVI, Lent 2011

Pope Benedict XVI wrote a wonderful message for us to encourage our deep conversion during Lent 2011 (for the full text visit the Vatican website here. As this season of sacrifice and penance comes to an end, I pulled a section from the end of his Message to use as a reflection. The section is broken apart to help us reflect more deeply on the words and how they apply to our lives today. Pope Benedict XVI’s words are italicized. A Deep Conversion “In synthesis, the Lenten journey, in which we are invited to contemplate the Mystery of the Cross, is meant to reproduce within us “the…continued

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