It's Not Over Yet

It's already Holy Week. This period of Lent is a time for us to rid ourselves of material things and allow ourselves to come closer to Christ. It is a chance for us to recommit ourselves to Him and prepare ourselves for Easter Sunday.

The change in season really shows me what lent should be in our life. In the winter we wake up and it is dark outside, it is difficult to get out of bed because we are so comfortable and cosy. Then slowly spring comes around, the weather gets warmer, the sun shines through our window, it gets a little easier to get out of bed. Then there will come a time where we can open our windows and start spring cleaning, to get all the clutter out of our house to be able to enjoy summer in its fullness.

“The world offers you comfort but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness. 

-Pope Emeritus Benedict 16th

Lent is a time for our hearts to go from winter to spring. To allow Christ’s love to come and awaken us from our lethargic living. To recommit and not to just go through the motions in prayer but give God permission to come and speak to us. To wait for Him to speak with expectant faith, knowing that we still have a long way to go in our relationship with Him before we can become saints. To really allow ourselves to see Him in daily life and rejoice in the small blessings. To go the extra mile in loving those around us and be willing to serve them.

  “Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy”

- Pope Francis

Finally lent is also a time for us to allow God to do some spring cleaning in our hearts. You know the things that hold you back from holiness. Those things which build up walls between you and God. This is a time for us to run to Him in confession, to allow His mercy to flood our life and bring His light into the darkness.

“Darkness can only be scattered by light, hatred can only be conquered by love”

- St JPII

In this Holy Week, keep pushing on. Allow God in, so that we will be able to celebrate Easter in its fullness, in its totality. Allow the words of our past popes to enlighten you and give you the encouragement that you need to recommit yourself to this holy season!

~Martha Lapain (Encounter 2)

Photos from Encounter 2

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