Lent Week 4 & Annunciation

Share all your prayer intentions with Mary!

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Sometimes, your Lenten practices must be guarded.  The experience of centering in on how you want to reform your life, in order for Christ to shine more brightly in you, can sometimes make you a bit grumpy.

I remember as a child asking my mother why my Aunt was crabby in her responses to me: “Lent makes Auntie mean!” Sacrifices, by definition, are not easy, and it’s understandable if you find the experience trying at times.  A holy Brother in my congregation once told me:  “Don’t deny sugar for Lent; it’s always good to add a little sweetness to our penance.”

Lent is a call to conversion, to more compassionate living, after the example of Jesus.  Conversion is turning toward God with renewed energy for loving God and our neighbor.  When your Lenten sacrifices have you on edge, remember that they are enabling you to center your attention on more prayer, charity and deeds of mercy and compassion.  Allow the Spirit to flow through you, changing your heart to be more like Jesus.

As you and I pray in our Novena prayers to Our Mother of Perpetual Help:
“Your icon teaches us how to live the Christian life.  Help us to receive the light of Christ present in your arms.  Be with us as we imitate your example of giving Christ to the world, through our deeds of Christian charity.”

Tomorrow let us also remember the Feast of the Annunciation. The day when Mary, with complete faith, accepted the Angel Gabriel’s message from God to be the Mother of Our Lord Jesus.

May your Lenten practices bring you to great love.

In Jesus through Mary,
Bro. Dan Korn, C.Ss.R.
Redemptorist Missionary of the Denver Province

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