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March 03, 2009

Lenten Quotes

The Lenten season has begun. I received a couple of different quotes about Lent that I thought were great, and I would like to pass them along to you as well.

The first quote was sent to me by Beth Mercer. It comes from the writing of Frederick Buechner - a writer always worth paying to in my estimation. Beth did not tell me from where this quote is drawn.

"In many cultures there is an ancient custom of giving a tenth of each year's income to some holy use. For Christians, to observe the forty days of Lent is to do the same thing with roughly a tenth of each year's days. After being baptized by John in the River Jordan, Jesus went off alone into the wilderness where he spent forty days asking himself the question of what it meant to be Jesus. During Lent, Christians are supposed to ask one way or another what it means to be themselves...to answer questions like this is to begin to hear something not only of who you are but of both what you are becoming and what you are failing to become. It can be pretty depressing business all in all, but if sackcloth and ashes are at the start of it, something like Easter may be at the end."

The second quote came via an email from Katie Kindler. It is found in Sister Joan Chittister's book, The Rule of Benedict: Insight for the Ages.

“Lent is the time for trimming the soul and scrapping the sludge off a life turned slipshod. Lent is about taking stock of time, even religious time. Lent is about exercising the control that enables us to say no to ourselves so that when life turns hard of its own accord we have the stamina to yes to its twists and turns with faith and hope…. Lent is the time to make new efforts to be what we say we want to be.”

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Fr. Kevin McBrien, O.Carm.

Even though many centuries have passed since his words, it would be difficult to find more appropriate sentiments regarding Ash the Lenten Season.

(St. John Chrysostom, (347ad-407ad)

"Do you fast? Give me proof of it by your works.
If you see a poor man, take pity on him.
If you see a friend being honored, do not envy him.

Do not let only your mouth fast,
but also the eye and the ear and the feet and the hands
and all the members of our bodies.

Let the hands fast, by being free of avarice.
Let the feet fast, by ceasing to run after sin.
Let the eyes fast, by disciplining them not to glare at that which is
sinful.

Let the ear fast, by not listening to evil talk and gossip.
Let the mouth fast from foul words and unjust criticism.

For what good is it if we abstain from birds and fishes, but bite and
devour our brothers?

May He who came to the world to save sinners, strengthen us to
complete the fast with humility! Have mercy on us and save us."

Amen.”

P. Ruwan

Wonderful.... realy this inspired me. Continue... sharing the Word of GOD. GOD BLESS !!!

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