HOPE OF LENT

Lent Calendar 2018

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February 14

The beginning of Lent calls us to a change of heart and mind.

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February 15

Lent bursts into our lives each year to give us the opportunity to ask the hard questions.

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February 16

When we decide what to give up for Lent, we need to ask ourselves why we are giving it up.

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February 17

We run from admitting that we're not perfect.

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February 18

Lent is about simplification, purification, and getting priorities reestablished.

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February 19

Meditation is a discipline, and you will appreciate this as soon as you try it.

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February 20

A lot can happen in forty days and forty nights.

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February 21

Although the commitment to reality demands solitude, it also opens us up to community.

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February 22

Compassion is pure action issuing from purity of heart.

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February 23

The strong, true subtleties of life win out over the habits of fantasy.

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February 24

To change or repent means not only the content of our beliefs and ideas.

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February 25

In peak experiences, we glimpse what life could really be like.

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February 26

The whole world is Word by which we can live.

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February 27

We can never understand loving unless we love.

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February 28

To say "yes" to limitless mutual belonging is love.

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March 1

When love is genuine, belonging is always mutual.

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March 2

As we learn to really look with our eyes, we begin to look with our heart as well.

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March 3

Most people's glorious gates of perception creak on rusty hinges.

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March 4

"May the fiery and honey-sweet power of your love, O Lord, wean me from all things under heaven."

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March 5

The servant is the Lord, and the Lord is the servant.

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March 6

The embrace of Christ can at times feel like annihilation, like death itself...

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March 7

He knew that they, the poor, are the face of Christ

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March 8

Though prayer may seem like a cloud, at times, living the Gospel revealed to them the kingdom of God.

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March 9

It was the ongoing battle with themselves to keep bearing the light.

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March 10

What great mystery is here, that the Risen Christ is the Crucified Christ

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March 11

Loving God, we love how you love us.

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March 12

We don't have to make ourselves holy.

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March 13

Forgiveness is of one piece.

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March 14

If we cannot find a way to make our wounds into sacred wounds, we invariably become negative or bitter.

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March 15

We must let ourselves be led by God and also by others.

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March 16

You will soon be asked to let go of some part of your false self.

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March 17

Think of the many, many stories about God choosing people.

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March 18

The cross teaches us that we, like Jesus, give as much to others in our passivities as in our activities.

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March 19

It’s helpful to know that Jesus was there before us, tasting just our kind of loneliness.

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March 20

We have nothing to fear but fear itself.

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March 21

Little doses of what Jesus experienced on the cross appear in our lives.

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March 22

The love that is revealed in Jesus's suffering and death can melt frozen hearts.

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March 23

Faith and God deliver on their promise.

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March 24

Sometimes darkness has its hour and there is nothing we can do to stop it.

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March 25

Christ continues to be found in our world.

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March 26

Paradise is where God's will is done.

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March 27

In this life and in the life to come, all who believe are united as one family.

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March 28

Death does not have the last word.

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March 29

How can we quench the thirst of the Lord on the Cross in those dying from lack of water today.

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March 30

It can be difficult to tell the difference between beginnings and endings.

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March 31

The first and last words of Jesus in Luke's Gospel both include a reference to total commitment to God.

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