Monthly Archives: February 2015

February 28

Reflection This Lent let us fast from laziness and feast on commitment. Physically, laziness is resistance to work or exertion and a disposition toward idleness. A greater danger is mental laziness which accepts everything that is promoted socially or politically without having the curiosity or the energy to critique it. It is one cause of prejudice and divisive opinions people…

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February 27

Reflection During this Lent, let us fast from discouragement and feast on hope. Discouragement deprives us of confidence and enthusiasm. It removes our belief that things can improve and deters us from taking any positive action. We lose heart. Discouragement demoralizes us but hope encourages us. Hope does believe that things will improve. We are confident that we can do…

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February 26

Reflection During Lent let us fast from self-centeredness and feast on compassion for others. Jesus lived and taught compassion. His deep awareness and sympathy for the needs and sufferings of those whom he met enabled him to recognize their hunger, their illnesses, their poverty, and their painful losses. He acted to give relief and comfort whenever he could. When we…

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February 25

Reflection During this season of lent, let us fast from bitterness and feast on forgiveness. A bitter attitude poisons us from within. It robs us of peace and wellbeing and turns life sour. Forgiveness can neutralize bitterness. It removes resentment and anger and replaces them with compassion for the weaknesses of others. It is based in a healthy understanding of…

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February 24

Reflection During this season of Lent let us practice how to fast from anger and feast on patience. Anger is a strong feeling of displeasure with a desire to strike back at the cause; patience enables one to endure difficulty, provocation, or annoyance calmly. Patience is about waiting, tolerating, and forgiving. It gives others their own space and time. Patient…

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February 23

Reflection   During this Lent let us fast from discontent and feast on gratitude. Discontent is a restless longing for what we do not have; gratitude is a thankfulness and appreciation for what we do have. Discontent sours our spirits, while gratitude sweetens our dispositions. It makes what we have enough. Gratitude enables us to see the goodness in our…

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February 22

Reflection The Spirit sent Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty daysand he was tempted there. Mark 1:12-15 The wilderness is often a metaphor for a “thin place”. According to this concept rooted in ancient Celtic spirituality, a “thin place” is a place where the visible world of our daily experience and the sacred,…

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February 21

Reflection Lent is an invitation to look at the ashes of devastation caused by our failure to love as God wills. How often our good intentions can turn to dust. Resolve and perseverance are sometimes hard to come by. Lent provides a focused time where we can assess where and how we have distanced ourselves from God. But Lent is…

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