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Lent with a Cross

As our Lenten retreat comes to a close, we pause to reflect on our journey so far.  For me, this Lenten season was not the journey I originally planned or prayed for.  Reading through my previous blog posts here at Of Sound Mind and Spirit about preparing our hearts for the risen Lord and humbling ourselves before God, I am left feeling I missed the opportunity to strive for holiness this liturgical season. There were opportunities for holiness – prayers, fasts and alms – that I longed to complete.  For a moment, I am sad for the Lent that could or should have been this year. Shortly before Lent began, we became aware of a health issue surrounding one of my children. Addressing my daughter’s recovery required a tremendous amount of energy and attention, and my planned Lenten schedule went out the window.   However, reflecting over the last month or so, the timing of my daughter’s health issue seems providential. I am amazed at the blessings God has bestowed on my

Mary's "Yes" to God

On today, the Feast of the Annunciation, we remember Mary's absolute "Yes" to God.  When the angel Gabriel spoke to her of God's will, she did not hide, ask questions, or even hesitate.  Mary simply said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38 Every day we are called to say "Yes" to God as Mary did and place ourselves into His loving hands.  We look to the Blessed Virgin Mary as a role model for abandoning ourselves to God's will. When we put ourselves in her place, could we do what she did with such holy confidence?   The Annunciation by Philippe de Champaigne "Blessed Mary, Mother of God, intercede for me with your Son.  I long to say Yes but I am afraid of what that means.  Guide me with your mother's hand so that I may know that all will be well." - 3 Minute Retreat from Loyola Press 

New Lenten Books for the Family

Since Lent is one of my favorite seasons of the Liturgical Calendar, I have three new Lenten books for families to recommend and GIVEAWAY!  Welcome Risen Jesus – Lent and Easter Reflections for Families Welcome Risen Jesus Sarah Reinhard provides families with an aid in preparing our hearts for Easter.  In “Welcome Risen Jesus – Lent and Easter Reflections for Families,” Sarah gives an exercise for each day of Lent that keeps our focus on the 3 pillars – prayer, fasting and almsgiving during this long season.  As she explains – “spending forty days… in penitential mode is challenging,” and hopes this book will keep us engaged so we deepen our faith life as a family during the long Lenten season. Each day through Lent and into the first week of Easter, we are given a “Think, Act, Fast and Pray” action with direction. The actions are simple yet meaningful when placed with a reflection and prayer for the day. For example, on Tuesday, the first week of Lent, the Act

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