Our journey of Lent

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It’s rather funny how much people like Ash Wednesday. I heard someone joke once that it’s just about Catholics loving “free stuff”, whether it’s palm fronds or ashes.

I think it’s a deeper need we all have to take stock of the spiritual dimension of our lives.

At New Year’s, people tend to focus on physical health. And in my realm, on career and business goals.

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Please?

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I have found it odd that our Catholic prayers often don’t include the word “please” or something similar.

Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.

Here we are asking God or Jesus or Mary for something huge, and it seem perhaps a bit impolite. Perhaps English is different than Latin and other languages in this sense?

Give us this day our daily bread.

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Intentions

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I found out yesterday that a colleague is dying, with only weeks to live. That sort of news really gets you thinking about this gift of life that God has given us, and what lies beyond.

It brings up emotions that are hard to describe.

I dedicated this morning’s Rosary to him. In gratitude, in hope, in support. Because I won’t be able to see him again, I’m relying on my supernatural support system to help him get what he needs.

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