This Lent…

Ms. Lea Salonga tweeted about five hours ago that it’s “Kinda nice that I wasn’t the only one in town with ashes on the forehead.”  She’s in New York City right now, based from her tweets.  Di kami close, I am just following her over at  🙂

Yes, the Lenten season has been ushered in yesterday and Catholics of the world are once again invited to enter this time of remembrance of the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Too bad I wasn’t able to attend mass because I had urgent tasks in the office that I had to attend to.  But just the same, I went to the Redemptorist Church in Baclaran yesterday to continue the 9-Wednesday novena I am doing and to have ash crossed on my forehead.  I, of course, said a personal prayer and resolved to do some sacrifices for the duration of this 40-day season, in view of Christ’s lead.  A good starting point I found is Fr. Jboy Gonzales’ tweet which said, “as we line up for the cross on our foreheads, we ask: what do I want to change in myself? then pray for it.”  You may also want to make this the springboard for your own Lenten Journey if you haven’t thought about it yet.  Or you may also want to share personal prayers and reflections for this season.  Please feel free to drop a comment.

I am sharing with you another prayer/point for reflection I read some few years ago and was used by a colleague in our office’s community prayers yesterday.  There have been several variations of this prayer and I am quoting here the version from the St. Louis University Prayerbook.  And so together we pray…

Fast from judging others; feast on the Christ dwelling within them.
Fast from emphasis on differences; feast on the unity of all life.
Fast from apparent darkness; feast on the reality of light.
Fast from words that pollute; feast on phrases that purify.
Fast from discontent; feast on gratitude.
Fast from anger; feast on patience.
Fast from pessimism; feast on optimism.
Fast from worry; feast on trust.
Fast from complaining; feast on appreciation.
Fast from negatives; feast on affirmatives.
Fast from unrelenting pressures; feast on unceasing prayer.
Fast from hostility; feast on nonviolence.
Fast from bitterness; feast on forgiveness.
Fast from self-concern; feast on compassion for others.
Fast from personal anxiety; feast on eternal truth.
Fast from discouragement; feast on hope.
Fast from facts that depress; feast on truths that uplift.
Fast from lethargy; feast on enthusiasm.
Fast from suspicion; feast on truth.
Fast from thoughts that weaken; feast on promises that inspire.
Fast from idle gossip; feast on purposeful silence.

Gentle God, during this season of fasting and feasting, gift us with Your Presence, so we can be gift to others in carrying out your work. Amen.


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