Every day of Lent, I read the Magnificat Lenten Companion. It’s a great way to start your day. It isn’t long and boring and it’s easy to understand.
I do this because I am human and as all humans, I have a hard time following through on most things.
So here is why I don’t see things as coincidence. I gave up lemon ices for Lent. I usually have two ices at night. After ONE night of Lent, I gave in and had lemon ices. I said, “Why is it so easy for me to eat these ices?”
Well, God answered me. The next day, I was told no more gluten, wheat or sugar. Now, I don’t have to give them up, I just can’t have them.
Someone told me once that if I wanted to hear God laugh, then I should tell him my plans.
The other thing in the Magnificat that I read every day that’s helpful is the Daily Pennance. Its just something to feel closer to Him and learn humility.
Today it was to do something kind for someone who doesn’t like you. I won’t write what I did because I don’t want to toot my own horn lest it defeat the purpose of the action. But I did it. It wasn’t easy because everyone likes me LOL:). But there was one person that immediately popped into my head so I knew that was the one.
Either way, I really believe that during this time, we can all practice what Jesus wants for all us. Help each other. Not easy, but possible. Inconvenience is not easy in such a convenient world.
What helps me achieve this in the smallest way is just taking it easy on myself. If I stumble, it’s okay. If I get annoyed and yell at the kids, I am still their loving mother.
I think that people who used to practice religion who’ve left, especially Catholics, is that they felt they were being judged or asked for money all the time, the rules, etc.
My thought is this. If Jesus didn’t judge while hanging on the cross dying, then who in this whole world has the right to judge me. That includes clergy, church lady’s and all the like.
When it comes to the money thing, I give when I can and I don’t when I can’t. When it comes to the rules, I use common sense. I know the difference between right and wrong. I think that people leaving because of rules is a cop out for not being perserverent.
That’s why I joined the choir. I have to be there every Sunday. Left on my own, not a chance.
So that’s it for today. I just wanted to write about my lemon ice experience and it turned into more as usual.
One more thing. I asked a nun at church today if she knew a prayer I could say when I am struggling to keep my Lenten promise. She said, and I quote, “HELP!!!”. Nothing complicated there.
Keep looking up!