My pastor, a Redemptorist, proclaimed in his homily last Sunday that Lent is a time for prayer, almsgiving and asking forgiveness for sins. This is the time of year when I am really aware of my shortcomings, so I go to reconciliation. It cleanses my soul and, afterwards, I always feel light and carefree.
I pray for God’s will in my life each day, that He will lead me to make the right decisions in all matters, big and small. I’ve made a promise this Lent to read about one saint a day to inspire me to become more like Jesus.
Being a single parent, I find great comfort in knowing there were saints such as St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Elizabeth of Hungary, who were also single parents striving to live a holy life.
I’m increasing the amount of time I spend reading Scripture and meditating on His sacred word. I find the best time to read His holy word and pray is in the morning, before my son wakes up. In the quiet and stillness, I can hear His voice more clearly, and it sets my mood in the right direction for the day.
I’m trying to be more prepared when I come across a homeless person; I can give him a ready-made tuna kit. I can also bring food donations to St. Vincent de Paul to feed the poor and clothes that Andrew has outgrown to the Domestic Abuse Shelter.
Although I pray with my son before every meal and before he goes to bed, I’m setting aside a special time for evening prayer together, before piano or choir practice. When Easter arrives and we celebrate our Lord’s resurrection, I’ll have a deeper appreciation for His loving sacrifice.
Reflection question: When do you hear God’s voice most clearly?