REFLECTIONS:  THOUGHTS FROM POPE FRANCIS:  “Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven. PRAY that all people will find communities that welcome them.

PRAYERS:  Who has performed and done this, calling the generations from the beginning?  I, the LORD, the first, and with the last;  I am he. Isaiah  41:4

Too much pressure, O Lord, is placed upon me.  My family sometimes expects so  much of me that I am not certain I can fully meet their expectations.  Remind me daily that I have not been left alone to meet the needs of my family; you care for your children through me.  You, Heavenly Father, are the first and the last to meet all the needs of your people.  Let me not place undue pressure on myself but instead trust fully in your unending care and sustenance. Amen

A SENSE OF GOODNESS   Your Father in heaven…makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good…<Matthew 5″45

Some people’s lives are destroyed often because of what people say about them.  Often our lives look like a zigzag on that line of our little life.  If we are above the line when we have what we need and people speak well about us, we are quite excited.  That gives me a sense of goodness.  But as soon as we start losing things or people start talking negatively about us, we quickly get depressed…When you go back and forth from excitement to depression, whether you have or have not, you are very much a victim of the world.  You are very much the victim of your environment.  What I want you to sense, just for a moment, is that if you believe that you are what you have or that you are what other people say about you, the world around you has a lot of power, it can make you feel bad or make you feel good.

Father, help me understand who I am so I may serve you better.

Have a blessed Lent.!



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