Wed 29 Feb, 2012
Tags: Benedictine Sisters, Lentona, Sister Ramona
“Lent can be a cheerless time for those who tend to focus on what to give up during these 40 days, but I have discovered that having a positive motive for what is taken on makes Lenten offerings as light as a feather.
For example, when fasting and thoughts of food come into my mind, I ask the Lord to turn these into hunger and thrist for Him. Or I ask God to accept our alms to comfort those who are hungry – and there are millions who are in that condition.
This holy season was never meant to be an endurance test or time for guilt feelings when we fail. Rather it is meant to draw us closer to the one who loves us dearly. God desires a holy people and will accept any little effort we make to draw closer to his Divine Heart. Our sinfulness, no matter how great, is not an obstacle. Amazingly, Divine Love is fascinated with us and our weakness.
Here is a practical suggestion for Lent. Ask God the following question and then sit quietly until you get an answer: “Lord, what can I do these 40 days to give you honor and glory?” Even asking the question with all sincerity is a joy to God, who is quite easy to please. If all else fails, give alms to the poor and you will be blessed. Forgive one person from your heart and the angels will leap for joy.”
- Tucson Prioress Sister Ramona, Spirit&Life Magazine, March 2006
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