March 4, 2020
St. Casimir
'This Is Lent'
Jesus, I join my sacrifices to your sacrifice of love.
Neither man nor beast, neither cattle nor sheep, shall taste anything; they shall not eat, nor shall they drink water.
Jonah 3:7
Catholic activist and reformer Dorothy Day fasted often, sometimes as a form of protest, but always, fundamentally, as a spiritual practice. There was no dithering or questioning in her mind about the value of fasting. It was essential, as she wrote, "not only as a sign of sorrow for sins, an offering to God of their life, but also to have the means to show their love for their brother who was afflicted. "... We all have these habits, the youngest and the oldest. And we have to die to ourselves in order to live, we have to put off the old man and put on Christ. That it is so hard, that it arouses so much opposition, serves to show what an accumulation there is in all of us of unnecessary desires." She's right--it's hard, isn't it? But as she points out, and as we discover every year, "This is Lent, and Lent is a wonderful time to begin again."

- Amy Welborn

Comments

March 4, 2020 at 02:11 PM

Thank you Amy for your devotion.

"This Is Lent"

"Today's first Mass reading raises our expectations for Lent. One-hundred and twenty-thousand citizens of the extremely violent city of Nineveh converted in one day at the prophetic word of Jonah (see Jon 4:11). The Lord once again did the impossible, since "for God all things are possible" (Mt 19:26)."

The Lord wants us to have the greatest expectations for Lent. He uses the joys and tragedies of life to influence us and lead us to His amazing plans for this and every other Lent.

"This is Lent", may we all, our Living Faith Family have a wonderful, faithful and spiritual Lenten Journey. Amen.

March 4, 2020 at 12:20 PM

What old is new again! Even the medical community now thinks fasting is good after years of telling us to eat every 3-4 hours which makes the body produce insulin and could be adding to cells insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. God has control of everything we just need to figure out His path and speaking with Him in prayer is a good start. Happy Lent! But how did they get the animals to fast?

March 4, 2020 at 11:37 AM

Amen. Thank you Holy Father for this beautiful day and for today's Gospel. Thank you Lord for my faith, my life and for my family. Thank you Holy Father, most of all, for your great sacrifice and for the opportunity of forgiveness and reconciliation. Please Lord have mercy. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ, King of Endless Glory. Amen
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

March 4, 2020 at 11:24 AM

Amen!

Barbara Arrowsmith Respond to comment
March 4, 2020 at 10:05 AM

Thank you for today's meditation.

I ask all of you to please pray for the city of Nashville and the surrounding areas that were devastated by the tornado that ripped through starting about midnight Tuesday morning. My husband and I are fine. We live south of the city. Our daughter and her family were in the direct path and were blessed to have no structural damage to their home, no power yet, but that is small compared the the tremendous loss of life and homes and businesses. We are Nashville. We are strong. We are a city steeped in faith. Your prayers mean so much to us.

God bless you, Living Faith Family.

Tillie
March 4, 2020 at 02:19 PM

Barbara, When I saw in the news of what happened, I was saddened and prayed for all the people that were effected by this tragedy and devastation. I will continue to pray for all the people of Nashville. God Bless all of Nashville. Keep up the Faith.

Kjc
March 4, 2020 at 01:30 PM

Barbara I am praying for the people of Nashville and you and your family. Ken

Brian D
March 4, 2020 at 01:01 PM

I pray that Jesus provides all in Nashville what they need. May this strengthen the faith of all of Nashville! Amen!

Mike E
March 4, 2020 at 10:30 AM

Amen, God Bless Nashville.

March 4, 2020 at 09:47 AM

Jesus,
Help me to figure things out. Help me see like you see. Thank you Jesus.

March 4, 2020 at 08:53 AM

Amen.

March 4, 2020 at 08:11 AM

Pray that we never in our lives ask Jesus for a sign and just use our faith in him as our sign.

Today, one week into Lent let us continue to enter into our new habits found this Lent.

Prayers
Alms Giving
Fasting, in our one way

Doing this all silently in our own lives to be a better person.

Dear Jesus, help me to continue to come to you in prayer, for me, for others and help me be a better version of myself today.

Amen

March 4, 2020 at 08:01 AM

During this holy season of Lent let us keep our eyes on Jesus crucified who is love and mercy it’s self.

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