March 2019This is the fasting that I wish: Setting free the oppressed...Sharing your bread with the hungry...
-Isaiah 58:6, 7
It is Lent, the season in the liturgical church year when Catholics and other Christian traditions reflect on the gut-wrenching passion of Jesus to his glorious resurrection. In these forty days up to Easter, we will be encouraged to take our spiritual lives up a notch by intentionally practicing the three pillars of Lent: Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving.
The Lenten daily and Sunday scriptures proclaimed during liturgies, and the homilies preached will likely include these themes. Apart from Scriptures and sermons, God recently spoke to me about almsgiving, prayer and fasting in ways that surprised and then moved me, beginning with a morning visit.
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It is Lent, the season in the liturgical church year when Catholics and other Christian traditions reflect on the gut-wrenching passion of Jesus to his glorious resurrection.
The festivities of Christmas and the New Year have quieted, and I ponder now on what word or message will be given to guide me in 2019? And what comes to mind is a little girl named Miriam.
In October 1998, Hurricane Mitch plummeted Central America. On the 27th, rain pounded the Ixcán region of Guatemala. That was also the day I moved from Playa Grande to the village of Santiago Ixcán.