The Anawim Community


From the Desk of Sr. Ruth Ann
April, 2014


Sr. Ruth AnnJourneying through Lent

Be near, O Lord, to those who plead before you, and look kindly on those who place their hope in your mercy, that, cleansed from the stain of their sins, they may persevere in holy living and be made full heirs of your promise. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Collect Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent.

Lent is our special time to do our spiritual housekeeping. We take time for taking an inventory of our life and see how we are doing in our relationship with God. We reflect on our behavior to see if we have fallen into any patterns that are sinful or may lead to sin, taking us away from God. Prayer, almsgiving and fasting are three aspects we look at carefully. Many of us either give up something or do some extra good works.

As we have journeyed through these few weeks of Lent I am convinced that daily life itself holds all the challenges that we need without a whole lot of additional things in assisting us in growing closer to God and becoming who God has created us to be. Each day holds decisions and responses we need to make in big and small matters concerning our family, community, church, work, ministries and our own personal life. The gift of the Lenten season helps us to think twice in how we are living our lives and ask ourselves the question, "What does God want me to do or say ?".

A couple of weeks ago while praying the Liturgy of the Hours an antiphon caught my attention and has become an aspiration for me to pray throughout the day during lent. It is from the Book of Wisdom Chapter 9, "Wisdom of God, be with me, always at work in me." In this very short prayer I'm asking that the wisdom of God be active in my daily life in all that I do and all the decisions I need to make in every event and interaction. This prayer of faith proclaims that I believe God dwells within me and am reminding myself that asking for this wisdom and believing that God's wisdom is at work in me I can trust that I'm making the best choices possible because I'm allowing God's wisdom to lead and guide me. God is in the present moment always drawing us closer and praying these short prayers, aspirations, not only throughout Lent, but all the time we can strive as St. Paul says, "Pray without ceasing." we can continually turn our thoughts toward God and be aware of his presence within us.


What has touched your heart and spirit this Lent?






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