Think about those times in your life when you have felt inspired to something really great. Where does that inspiration come from?
The Holy Spirit. God inspires us to do great things with our lives.
----Matthew Kelly

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Disclaimer: I am not a theologian, just a Catholic empty-nester trying to figure it all out. The views on this blog are my own.

LENT: 3 Weeks In

Since my husband & I were out of town for a long weekend with one of our sons, I took a little bit of a break over the weekend from the Daily Readings. I didn’t intentionally do it; I just didn’t allow myself the time to get in the reading & reflection. Sleeping when I could during an extremely busy weekend was deemed a priority. Somehow I’m sure God understands; at least I hope he does! I managed to get in a daily Rosary, so that should count for something.
I’m finding that I’m able to concentrate better on the Readings if I set aside time at the beginning of the day instead of at night. My mind is clearer and I’m less tired. The only problem is getting up early enough to get ready for work and reading/reflecting. I get up at 5:00 now; I may need to push that up by 30 minutes to not feel rushed.
On the ride home on Sunday after visiting with our son, I read “Left to Tell” by Immaculee Ilibagiza. If you haven’t read it, I would urge you to. She truly had some miracles happen to her during her ordeal; God had some definite plans for her. Her faith is something to emulate. I pray that I never have to go through anything near as traumatic as she, but if I have to, I pray that I could have half of her faith.
This past week was a bit rough for me, as I mentioned in my SQT post. I had a couple of days when I refused to let anxiety take over my life. I prayed through those days and didn’t lose hope. I realized that we all have free will, and all we can do is pray for those who may have lost their way. I know it’s okay to ask Jesus to take care of me, and I definitely needed it last week! I’m trying my best to “Let go & Let God”. Some days it’s definitely easier than others.
My prayer list continues to grow as I remember more people for whom I need to pray, and as I tell people that I will pray for them. I start out the month of March with a half-full calendar of prayer requests. I suspect by Easter it will be full. It makes me sad that the upper left corner is so full. That's the corner with names of people who are fighting cancer. 5 of those are breast cancer victims.
To summarize:
-    I faltered a bit over the weekend with my Lenten Plans, but I think God will forgive me.
-    Full calendar = full heart
-    I made it through a tough period, so TAKE THAT, SATAN!
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  1. I appreciate and applaud your summary!!

  2. Left to Tell was jaw dropping. Now read Our Lady of Kibeho. You will love it! Maybe you and I should go to Rwanda :)


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