The Opportunities This Lent

What are your thoughts of Lent? Are you one of those who dread Lent and find it dreary? Maybe you look forward to Lent. You can if you try to see this Lent as a golden opportunity.
Most of us try to sacrifice something for Lent. That is part of being raised Catholic, giving up something for Lent. It is a good thing but it could be even better if we offer all our sacrifices for a purpose. I’m sure all of us have a loved one who needs to return to the Church. This Lent whatever sacrifices you make offer them for the conversion of that loved one. Often difficult sacrifices become easier when we put a face on it when we make them for someone you love. This Lent take the opportunity to bless your loved ones.
This may feel like “mission impossible” but the gospel says that all things are possible for one who believes. God always honors our prayer and sacrifices for others. So often it is not when we want but it is always in His perfect timing. Trust Him!
What sacrifice might we offer? What is it that God wants us to do? So often we are tempted to cut out sweets and maybe lose weight but most likely God is calling us to make a different kind of sacrifice. We are called to be a people of joy, a people of praise and of gratitude. People should see the joy of being a Catholic in our lives. We are a blessed people! We get to go to Confession! We get to receive Jesus in the Eucharist! What a privilege!
Every Lent offers us the opportunity to grow closer to becoming the person God created us to be. Our goal this Lent should be to move in the direction of becoming a person of joy. This can be our resolution. Concretely, we can start by trying as much as possible not to complain or at least to complain less. Every time we resist the temptation we complain we can offer it up. It may take all of Lent before we see a difference. I don’t think any of us really realize how negative we are.
This may seem like even more of impossibility than the conversion of our loved ones but we need to remember that all things are possible with God. We will not be alone in this effort. God wants this more than we do. He will give us the grace we need if we ask for it. This should be our daily prayer, maybe even hourly prayer.
We also should remember we aren’t perfect. We will blow it but we can ask for forgiveness and try again and again.
Make this Lent a time of grace both for you and your loved ones.

Advertisements

Author: ronquinlan

To me the message is what is important. Feel free to copy and use anything on this blog. Some pieces were originally published by Catholic Lane so please give them credit. I am a charismatic Roman Catholic and former Social Studies teacher in Catholic Schools. Pieces I've written have been published on Catholi Lane, Catholic Exchange and the Women of Grace blog.

1 thought on “The Opportunities This Lent”

  1. Thanks, Ron, I am tweeting this and using it as a precursor for our faith sharing which starts in a couple weeks.

    A good start for all.

    F,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s