During this Lenten season, I’ll be reading Lent and Easter Wisdom from St. Francis and St. Clare by Dr. John Kruse.  As I wander through Lent, I’ll use these daily devotions to guide me during this time of fasting, self-examination, penitence, and remembering the hunger and thirst that Christ not only experienced while hanging on the cross, but also the hunger and thirst that drove Him there:  His relentless, raging, furious love for us.  I’ll be sharing portions of what I’m reading during Lent with you as I go along. 

Lent is not only a time of laying things down (fasting), but of picking things up (daily prayer, almsgiving, etc.).  One of things I love about the Kruse book is that it gives the reader a “Lenten Action” for every day.  I’ll include a brief synopsis of these as we travel.

Check brief biographies of St. Clare and St. Francis at New Advent’s Catholic Encyclopedia.

Peace of the Lord be with you all…

Ash Wednesday

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Westminster Cathedral, London

Most High,
glorious God,
enlighten the darkness of my heart
and give me
true faith,
certain hope,
and perfect charity,
sense and knowledge, Lord,
that I may carry out
Your holy and true command.

St. Francis, “The Prayer before the Crucifix”, 40

Scripture reading for the day:  Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.  (Matthew 4:1-2)

Lenten action for the day:  Take five minutes to meditate and pray in front of a crucifix.  Pray that Christ would accompany you on your journey through Lent, and that you would find yourself closer to Him than ever before when you arrive at Easter.  Write down three things you can change, patterns that you can adopt, to help you accomplish this goal.

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