Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Lenten Daily Dose

I'm pleased to once again introduce the Lenten Daily Dose here on the blog.  I am grateful and blessed to have the opportunity, once again, to work with three other parishioners to offer daily reflection and points for prayer, items of inspiration, education, challenge, and growth; as well as a forum to foster discussion and questions to deepen our relationship with God the Father, through His Son, Jesus Christ, and to grow closer to the people we love and those who are in need.

So, check back by mid-morning to find the Daily Dose.  Please feel free to leave comments, questions or your own personal reflections in the 'comments' section of each posting.

It is my prayer for all of us that we enter these next 40 days, leading up to Easter, with open minds and hearts that we may, through prayer and acts of service, grow closer to the Father and closer to the one another.

I offer for our first Daily Dose a simple prayer; it is the closing prayer from Mass today and I was struck by its poignancy. Compunction is a spirit of sorrow for our sins that can be, if we allow it, life-giving. This compunction leads us to confront and change the things we do and say so that become more like the things Jesus said and did. Compunction is a good, healthy and holy thing. May our hearts be filled with it, and may it inspire in us a spirit of prayer and Love these next 40 days.

And we pray:
"Pour out a spirit of compunction, O God, on those who bow before your majesty, and by your mercy may they merit the rewards you promise to those who do penance. We ask this through Him who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen."

With Peace and prayers for a grace-filled Lent for you and your family.


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