Wednesday, March 16, 2011
This is the first Lenten season I will have celebrated and while I can't do much hardcore fasting from food- nursing mom here!- I am taking a break from some of my favorite things. I'm also doing quite a bit of Lenten reading, which has been incredibly inspiring. "Jesus of Nazareth, Part One" by Pope Benedict XVI is my current project. I already love our Holy Father. He tackles very complicated subjects and ideas but still manages to write in a way that is warm and completely understandable. And his portrait of Our Lord is a beautiful one.
I'm also praying the Sorrowful Mysteries every day. It's funny to me that I was worried I would get bored praying through the same set of mysteries every single day for 40 days, but to be honest it's been a blessing! Every single day I have some new thoughts and insights that fly into my head- no doubt from the Spirit- while praying this particular rosary. I am granted a new appreciation every day for Our Lord's Passion. How much he loves us! It's truly breathtaking.
The Magnificat Lenten Companion has also been very helpful in staying focused on my devotions to the Lord. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to deepen their celebration of the season.
Anyway, I'm really looking forward to Friday. I'm taking the children to have dinner with Judie, my sponsor, at the parish fish fry. Then we'll do the Stations of the Cross. Just two more days. If I can get help with the kids, I really want to go to Adoration at some point during the season. And, of course, my first confession will be upon me very soon. I'm a bit nervous about it, but I know the Lord will get me through.
More in a day or so. Have a blessed one!