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Today is the Fifth Sunday of Lent, (which I've heard called Miserere Sunday before, but can't find anything to support that, so I won't call it that officially), on which Psalm 51 is always chanted, and the focus of the liturgy is repentance, mercy and forgiveness. Thus, I thought this Pray.nd.edu reflection was totes appropos, and I found it a beautiful and inspiring reflection. And a beautiful meditation on the relationship between forgiveness and mercy. Solid themes and reflections for Lent, for sure, my peeps.
Especially during Lent, it is important to reflect on the gracious mercy God extends to all of us. Jesus paid the debt of sin through his Passion and death and also reconciled us with His Father. When we open ourselves to God’s mercy, we must show mercy to others. Each time we recite the Our Father, we pray “Forgive us our trespasses AS we forgive those who trespass against us…”
It is challenging to forgive someone who has hurt us. We recall events from years ago as if they happened yesterday.
Forgiveness does not usually happen in a moment, rather it is a process. Recognize the need to forgive and pray to God for the grace to forgive. Don’t be afraid to express to God your struggles and frustrations with forgiving. Participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation on a regular basis. Forgiveness happens through God’s grace and will bring joy and peace.
Have a beautiful Sunday of Peace and Joy!
Friday, March 23, 2012
Because, to paraphrase the Great Lion himself, once we grow familiar with Him in the world of Narnia, we can begin to know Him as Himself in our world.
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So lucky to have her in my life.
College is marvelous, but I miss being constantly surrounded by my siblings. Siblings are definitely the most precious of God's gifts. Older siblings are constant (even if unconscious or unwilling) role models, and little siblings are the best teachers. They teach you how to live, how to find the joy and excitement and newness in everything.
We were recently discussing the sadness that comes from leaving childhood behind. While I agree that there's something lost you can't get back, I believe that you can still keep all the good of childhood with you, and retain a lot of those child-like qualities. Siblings remind you how to be young, because they remind you of yourself as a youngster. And they invite you to join them at their level. If you accept that invitation, then you get the incredible gift of going back in time and allowing yourself to be a child again.
One more reason why families are the bomb.