Friday, February 15, 2013


Grateful for what Rez and being in an Anglican community
taught me about living in the liturgical seasons.

Missing that community this season,
and grateful to be walking out Lent
in the midst of this one.

"The Lenten season begins.
It is a time to be with You
in a special way,
a time to pray,
to fast,
and thus to follow You
on Your way to Jerusalem,
to Golgotha,
and to the final victory over death...

Help me become deaf to the voices of my own desires
and more attentive
to Your voice,
which calls me to choose the narrow road to life...

give me the strength and courage
to live this season faithfully.

Faithful God,
trusting in You,
we begin the 40 days of conversion and penance."

-Henri Nouwen,

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