Sweet Tweets for 3/07/14 — Walking with Christ Joyfully

Lucas Cranach the Younger, Christ blessing the Children, Dresden Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister

Even though it’s only been two days, a Friday seems not only the perfect day for Sweet Tweets, but also a perfect day to reflect back upon how our Lent has been going so far. Perhaps, like me, you’ve already played the mental game of “I don’t really need to fast from xyz after all this year…” or “I said I’d to abc daily, but once a week is really a better idea.” How quickly someone like me can go from the euphoria of Ash Wednesday to the same old song and dance of justification and loss of focus. But this year, I’m not falling into my personal trap of “Oh well, I’ll try better next year.” This year, I’m keeping one word — the word we keep hearing from Pope Francis — in my heart:


Joy is what I felt on Wednesday went I went forward at my parish to receive my ashes. Joy is what I want to continue to focus on as I endeavor this Lent to walk more closely with Jesus. Joy is what I want to exude this Lent when I share my faith with those around me. I will most definitely trip up with my chosen fast, fall short of my desired prayer routines, and be less generous than desired with my almsgiving. But I am striving not to let this human nature of mine keep me from that JOY I desire, the one I’ve felt so deeply and tangibly that I crave it always, for myself and for my loved ones. I hope this Lenten season finds you experiencing it as well!

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