The Art of Growing Up – My Lent

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"If you spot it, you got it!"

It’s common for folks to notice the faults of others, perhaps missing these very attributes in themselves.  Psychology calls it "projection" .

It may be the person I can’t abide simply reminds me of me.  Perhaps in praying for him, a passing angel will polish away my flaws, a two for one in the realm of  abundant grace.

Lent

Lent is about Love
Recognizing our lack and need.
Lent is about Spring,
Becoming fertile ground for Christ’s seed.
Lent is about Life,
Allowing the sprout to be freed.
Lent is about creation,
Imaging Christ in love and deed.

©2013 Joann Nelander

Lenten Springtime

Enjoy the spring time of life
And live in wonder.
Enjoy in awe the Love
God lavishes upon the lowly.
Enjoy the ever fresh image of Christ
Imprinted in our souls.

It is Lent
Enjoy your food,
Receive it from the hand of God.
Abhor sin and cease to feed on fodder,
That you might have fullness
And your choice portion
At Heaven’s banquet.

©2013 Joann Nelander

Ash Wednesday – Little Black Mark on Your Head Today

When the going gets tough, Catholic on!

Golgotha of Jasna Gora – Passion Art

H/T Julia : Golgotha of Jasna Gora – Artist: Jerzy Duda Gracz

 

 Here a bit more information about the images.

In the shrine at Czestochowa, upstairs from the famous icon of the Black Madonna, a 21st-century Way of the Cross reminds us that our real enemy is not the evil outside of us but the sin within us. In March 2001, the late Polish painter Jerzy Duda Gracz presented the monastery at Jasna Gora, one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in the world, with new Stations of the Cross. Gracz named these paintings after Golgotha, the mountain where Jesus was crucified, but many of the landscapes and faces he included in them are eerily recognizable to present-day viewers.

In the Days Following Ash Wednesday

Catholics, practicing and non-practicing, love Ash Wednesday.  People you won’t see again till Midnight Mass show up and happily wear the ashes.  Will ashes alone suffice for conversion of heart?  When the ashes are washed away, will  sin be, too?  Hopefully,  the graced action of the sacramental ashes will act on the heart as a foot in the door.

Lenten Alert: Don’t waste the moment and movement of grace; open the door of your Catholic heart to God, especially if you have been away.

Choose a hidden place for yourself and delight to retire there alone, where you need not talk with anyone, but instead pour out your heart to god in prayer.  In this way you will have a clear conscience and a contrite heart.  Look upon the whole world as nothing, preferring to give your time to God before all external things.” Thomas A’Kempis: Imitation of Christ

Ash Wednesday – Little Black Spot on Your Head Today