Lord, you will open my lips;
and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
For you do not desire sacrifice or I would give it;
a burnt offering you would not accept.
My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit;
a contrite, humbled heart, O God, you will not scorn.~
This is the one I esteem:
who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at
my word. ~ Isaiah 66:2
As we begin Lent, we could be tempted to be a little cynical. Most of us have done this so many times. We start with the high hopes of a 40-day spiritual marathon, only to find ourselves slouching toward Holy Week having messed up, slacked off, forgotten too many times.
But our God is the God of paradox, of the truly unexpected.
He tells us to look at our lives and seek him even in the confusion and lost hope.
If nothing else, our failure works to keep us humble, and a “humble, contrite heart He will not spurn.”
Remember to plan humbly.
Say a rosary a day.
Make each Friday a Fast day as well as one of abstaining from meat—make sure you’re hungry by dinner time, and don’t snack after dinner.
Come to Stations at 7pm.
Enjoy Sunday, treat yourself, but keep it holy to the Lord as well.