This week, our Careful Lent topic of fasting will be a springboard to a reflection on food. Catholics fast on two days in Lent, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Lent begins and ends thinking about eating! Sometimes when we reduce or moderate something we enjoy, it helps us clarify its real value.
I noticed our receptionist was changing the water in a small glass container that appeared to have a floating flower in it. I told her the flower was beautiful, but she added that it also contained a goldfish. It was a birthday gift. She said the old water had become stale and soiled, and that new water would provide new life for her fish.
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Yesterday I read about of a young girl who was captivated by the story of Jonah being swallowed by the whale and then spending three days and three nights in its belly.
As a young novice for the Congregation of Holy Cross our early training took place on a farm.
Last week we recalled the traditional Lenten practices: Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving. This week, we focus on prayer. We ask the Lord to draw us to a deeper and broader vision of care for others and the world.