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My Lent Experience This Year

Posted: 08 Mar 2019, 12:20
by mom3
Lent has fully embraced me this year.

The day of Ash Wednesday was a surprise practice that arrived unexpectedly, with it came yearnings.

A local nun posted a piece about how she wasn't giving anything up, instead she was embracing more. More time in prayer, more time with God. I liked that.

My focus is the Beatitudes.

Before I fell asleep last night a friend posted their scripture of the day. I took it as a sign and thought of all of us.
John 1:17, KJV: "For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ."
Feel free to carry that idea with you until Easter.

Re: My Lent Experience This Year

Posted: 08 Mar 2019, 13:03
by DarkJedi
As mentioned in another post, I did Lent last year. I think you have motivated me to do it again (just because you don't start Ash Wednesday doesn't make it invalid). Your nun friend is right - it's not really about giving something up, it's about coming closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ which appears to be the current push by our very own prophet. From a post I wrote last year:
Lent isn't about giving up something as much as it is doing something for the period that in the end will bring you closer to God and Christ. I'm not going to say what mine is...but it's not giving up anything and I believe I will be closer to God and Christ come Easter as a result. The best part is that nobody needs to know, there's no "accountability" and it can be just your own thing separate from the church. It's about you as an individual.

Re: My Lent Experience This Year

Posted: 19 Mar 2019, 09:55
by mom3
Half way through and it's harder than I imagined.

And it's not just our church-stuff. It's life. It's other churches. It's those d*&N other people. All of them, any of them.

Living a Beatitude life is hard.

Today's quote
Before Truth sets you free. It tends to make you miserable. - Richard Rohr

Re: My Lent Experience This Year

Posted: 20 Mar 2019, 09:48
by Curt Sunshine
I love that quote.

A few years ago, I focused my New Year's Resolutions on being a little better at each element of the Sermon on the Mount - one element per month. The first year was mostly one beatitude per month. It was difficult, but it was the best resolution experience of my life.

Re: My Lent Experience This Year

Posted: 28 Mar 2019, 12:08
by mom3
Today's Lenten Quote that I think applies to many of us here.
Popular Lent is too much preoccupied with guilt and repentance. But not here. Lent is rather seeing how to take steps into God’s future so that we are no longer defined by what is past and no longer distracted by what we have treasured or feared about the present.