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And So It Begins…

Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God. (Jl 2:12-13)

As we begin the holy season of Lent, we’ll once again hear the words of the prophet Joel proclaimed at the Ash Wednesday liturgy. I can’t begin to count how many times I’ve listened to those words and they went “in one ear and out the other.”

This year, I’m going to try to do better. I’m going to use Lent as a time to “return to the Lord”. I pledge to look at my life, identify my shortcomings and ask the Lord for the grace to do improve. I have no guarantee that I’ll ever see another Lent, or even another day. I don’t want to miss the opportunity to get closer to Jesus, while there’s still time!

Dear Lord, I am a sinner, but I would like to become more like You. Please help me to identify the things in my life that separate me from You and give me the grace to improve. I love You and want to share in Your suffering, but I am weak and lazy. Please give me the courage and strength to persevere. Amen.

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