Thursday, February 7, 2013

They Will Know We Are Christians By Our Love

Are you old enough to remember that 70's folksy church song? I hummed it to my girls who though it sounded quite tribal.  So many of those 70's church songs pop in my head randomly.

I am taking it as my "theme" this Lent: They will Know we are Christians by our Love. Because also randomly popping into my head, is that chastising quote from Gandhi:
"I like your Christ, I don't like your Christians. 
Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."

We Christians need to live and reflect Christ's love. Our culture needs a reawakening, but not on an emotional level, like through folksy songs, but a true awakening to the reality of our existence, our purpose and our role while on earth. What a gift the season of Lent is from our Mother Church to annually reflect and reset ourselves, to take a step back and regain control of ourselves, to remind ourselves Who we came from and Who we will see when this journey is over, and especially reflect on and honor the gift of our Lord coming to earth, teaching us and sacrificing His Life for our salvation. What a quick 40 days each year we have to change the direction of our feet and motivation of our actions.

"While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, 
be careful to have it even more fully in your heart."
Francis of Assisi

Sunday's sermon Father talked about Lenten penance choices and how our choice penance should not be a burden to others around us.... Hmmm. Well, as a mother, who wants to teach also, I'm trying to reconcile my choices. I've decided we need to have a consensus* on common areas because if some of us give up contrary things, we could be adding unnecessary burdens and strife.

Currently proposed Lenten sacrifices:
Daily Mass - more often.(Actually schedule in mass to our days)
A community service project together*
No sugar
No tv*
Read spiritual daily
More classical music
Think charitably, Act charitably
Control tongue
Daily quiet time
Confession during Lent
Stations to the cross every Friday
Decor changes to help remind ourselves to live this lent as if it is our last.
And an effort to keep meals modest, especially when on the go.

May this Lent be lived like it is our last.

"We must also confess all our sins to a priest, 
and receive from him the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
He who does not eat His Flesh and does not drink His Blood (cf. Jn. 6:55-7) 
cannot enter the Kingdom of God. 
Yet let him eat and drink worthily,
 since he who receives unworthily eats and drinks judgment to himself, 
not recognizing - that is, not discerning - the Body of the Lord (1 Cor. 11:29).
 Moreover, let us perform worthy fruits of penance. 
And let us love our neighbors as ourselves. 
And if there is anyone who does not wish to love them as himself, 
at least let him do no harm to them, 
but rather do good." 
(St. Francis of Assisi)

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