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Friday, March 5, 2010

First Friday of March

The First Friday is always a special day to honor the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for each of us. His Heart burns with love and so often his immense love is not returned. I will be beginning the Province week end retreat in St. Charles this evening and promise to pray for all my readers at the tomb of St. Philippine and also at the door of her room which has been kept as an authentic shrine as she spent the last ten years in this small room at St. Charles.

Today I am sharing something about "giving up" that is always good for Lent. The church bulletin here in Miami had a whole list of things to "give up" such as "grumbling", "looking at other's worst point", TV one evening a week, etc. I was thinking of sharing this when I was kindly sent another list I liked better from Scotland! Here it is:

Dear Helen,

We have been given in our parish a lovely little book with all the daily Lenten readings. At the back there is this Lenten fast! Thought that you might like it.

Give up harsh words: use generous ones.
Give up unhappiness: take up gratitude.
Give up anger: take up gentleness and patience.
Give up pessimism: take up hope and optimism.
Give up worrying: take up trust in God.
Give up complaining: value what you have.
Give up stress: take up prayer.
Give up judging others: discover Jesus within them.
Give up sorrow and bitterness: fill your heart with joy.
Give up selfishness: take up compassion for others.
Give up being unforgiving: learn reconciliation.
Give up words: fill yourself with silence,
and listen to others.

I do like it and may we live it this Lent and the rest of the days of our life!

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