This is my first Lent as an "official" Catholic. What a powerful season we are in. I have learned so much about what it means to live the Gospel these past months. I had the privilege of attending a seminar on living out the gospel a month or so ago. We were admonished to look at our calendars and note where and when we "clothed the naked, gave drink to the thirsty, fed the hungry", etc. Talk about conviction. I could see that in my own home I am given multiple opportunities to carry our this mandate and how I so often miss the mark. It has been a humbling time for me, indeed!
I have also been invited to join a small group of women who study the Sunday readings each week. We pray, discuss the readings, and have the opportunity to share what is on our hearts. It is an easy group to be part of and they have been most welcoming. I continue to be amazed at how much I don't know about the call to discipleship and how much I have misunderstood in all my years of following Christ. It is wonderful to have others in my life who have llived the faith their entire lives.
A Lenten project I am doing with the younger children is giving up 5 items a day. It could be an old toy or clothing item. It could be stuff that is to go into the trash or good stuff to take to the thrift store. We can also give some change to the rice bowl project with CRS. We are not consistent but we are trying. I want us to see how little we really need to get by and how rich we have been blessed. Being a good steward is our theme and we all need to improve in that area. We have had some powerful discussions about the topic and I hope we will be changed as a result of this time of simplifying.