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I have worn many labels (Not in any particular order): Catholic, Wife, Mom,Gramma, Doctor, Major, Soccer Mom, Military Wife, Professor, Fellow.

All of these filter my views of the world. I hope that like St. Monica, I can through prayer, words and example, lead my children and others to Faith.
"The important thing is that we do not let a single day go by in vain without putting it to good use for eternity"--Blessed Franz J├Ągerst├Ątter

Thursday, March 10, 2011

It is not just for 40 days

Yesterday we began the liturgical period of Lent. With the imposition of ashes we are reminded of our own mortality. Yet Christians are a people of hope. We trust in God's mercy. We embark on a focused period of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. We intend to emerge on the other side of these forty days irrevocably changed. If our Lenten practices do not leave an indelible mark, they have been in vain. If we do Lent right, we will celebrate Easter as new people. Steps toward holiness will persist. As Pope Benedict remarks in his Ash Wednesday homily, the point of Lent is conversion.

"Today we begin the liturgical period of Lent with the emblematic ritual of the imposition of the ashes by which we intend to take on the task of turning our hearts towards the horizons of Grace", said the Pope in his homily. "This is not some superficial or transitory conversion, but a spiritual itinerary which has a profound effect on our conscience and involves a sincere intention to amend our lives".

"This means undertaking an authentic conversion to God - returning to Him - recognising His sanctity, His power, His majesty", the Holy Father went on. "Such conversion is possible because God is rich in mercy and great in love. His mercy is regenerating. ... God, in fact, does not want the death of sinners but their conversion to life. ... He offers us His forgiveness, ... so as to give us a new heart purified from the evil that oppresses it, so as to lead us to participate in His joy. Our world needs to be converted by God, it needs His pardon, His love, it needs a new heart".

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