Return to Me

On Ash Wednesday, we are reminded that we are dust and to dust we shall return.  We are asked to examine our hearts and ask ourselves “What is my life all about?”  We are asked to return to God with our whole heart.  Return from sin and selfishness.  We are asked to repent and do penance because it opens us up to conversion and renewal of our faith.  Conversion returns us to God and others.

Lent is a time of making more time for God.  We are asked to change for the better.  The Church has given us three penitential practices that foster conversion.  They are: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  These are “spiritual booster shots” to spark our faith during Lent.

First is prayer which is simply talking to God.  Opening lines of communication that may have weakened.  For solitary prayer you might want to visit our Adoration Chapel or start with the rosary.  Also, consider spiritual reading or Bible study.

Second is fasting which teaches us to discipline our wills and say no to ourselves.  It also brings us in solidarity with those who must do without and more important doing without puts God at the center of our lives.

Third is Almsgiving which purifies our relations with others.  Christ advises us to give our time, talent and treasure to the least of these among us.  Practicing the Corporal Works of Mercy is a good place to start.

Won’t you use these practices this Lent as a means to finding out where you need to do the most work in your spiritual life and return to God with your whole heart?

Return to me with all your heart and with fasting, weeping and mourning…………Joel 2:12


Jeanne Leonardi


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