“We can no longer hear God. There are too many frequencies filling our ears.” Benedict XVI
So what will you be doing for Lent this year? If you’re like most Americans you might be giving up some time in front of the television, maybe chocolate or other sweets, or maybe that glass of vino you like to have every once in a while as a special treat. I did a bit of research and discovered that sweets, media usage, and alcohol are indeed among the top ten items or activities we try to let go of during this 40 day period. It’s not that giving up any of those items is a bad thing. But are you sure that is what God is calling you to do this Lent?
As we go through this very important Liturgical season I will be sharing some insights I've learned, encouraging you to do what we’re told in Proverbs 3:5-6; to “trust in the Lord with all of our hearts.” There might be something we think we need to give up or maybe even add into our prayer life, but seeking God’s very unique plan for us during Lent, and also every day, is our most important endeavor.
And it’s okay if you haven’t been able to come to a decision yet, keep praying - you have almost two months ahead of you. Begin by making the decision to "Live in Stillness.” We have to first get into the right frame of mind and heart in order to open ourselves up to what God is trying to tell us. As Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta said, “God comes to us in the silence.” So how much silence and stillness is in your life these days? One study conducted a few years ago discovered that Christians don’t exactly have the corner on living a peaceful and prayerful existence. As a matter of fact, in data collected from twenty thousand Christians around the world, 6 in 10 said that it is often or always true that the busyness of life gets in the way of their relationship with the Lord.
So let’s start Lent by stopping enough so Jesus can speak to our hearts. Living in stillness even for a little while, and particularly at the beginning of Lent can sent the tone for a fruitful 40 days. Then adding prayer, fasting, and almsgving will please the Lord and bring us closer to Him.
I look forward to providing you this Lent with some of my favorite Catholic resources to help you grow more in your faith. You can also expect to hear about some of my own Lenten experiences, along with those of my husband Deacon Dominick. If I can learn how to use my new ipad maybe there will even be some video clips of life inside the Tomeo home during Lent.
Remember every day is a gift from God and He has a special mission for each and every one of us. Let’s make this Lent really count by seeking God’s bucket list for our lives instead of our own.
Painting: Cobweb Morning, Efim Volkov, Courtesy: WikiPaintings.org