Lent Got Ya Down…

… So how is everyone’s Lent going? Have you been to every fish fry hosted by your parish, been to adoration, or participated in Stations of the Cross? How are those Lenten sacrifices coming along? No?

It’s OK.

No. I mean that sincerely. It’s ok. Just try again tomorrow.

I may joke about being a failure at Lent. And Advent. Holy days of obligation. An yes… even just a plain ole Sunday. Of course I don’t mean to imply that being in a state of mortal sin is a laughing matter, it’s just that being there often is part of the human condition. Never are we ever, even in our most sinful states, a complete lost cause. If we feel dejected, depressed, and removed from our faith and the Church it’s only because we chose to remain there.

So buck up. It’s OK. No need to dwell on the imperfect way we practice our faith. Confess all your sins and just try again tomorrow.

This uncharacteristic moment of hopefulness brought to you by the sacrament of reconciliation.

About Katrina Fernandez

Mackerel Snapping Papist

  • http://www.thepracticingcatholic.com/ Lisa Schmidt

    Thanks for the encouragement! Your post reminds me of a story about St. Teresa of Avila told to me by a priest. I’ve tried to track it down in writing but have yet to find it.

    It goes a little something like this…

    When St. Teresa of Avila participated in the sacrament of reconciliation, she would stand outside the confessional and wait for all the sisters in her convent to also finish their individual confessions. And as the sisters came out, she would greet each one, put her hands on their shoulders, look them in the eye and say,“Begin again . . . begin again!”

    Begin again indeed!

  • marcosandolini333

    I am having a very difficult time living up to my Lenten promise.

    I gave up being nice.

    I mean, I try not being nice to someone when we are giving them a trunk ride around the city, but it just seems somethings amiss.

    Then while I am punching out a guy with a girlfriend sporting a blackeye, I just don’t feel I am living up to my potential.

    Also, while visiting Mexico and tazering the local drug boss, it is hard for me not to be nice and ask “Would you like more?”

    This year is a tough year, what with the Pope giving up the Papacy for Lent and all.


  • http://www.facebook.com/ironiccatholic Susan Windley-Daoust

    Great graphic! and a good reminder.

  • FuquaySteve

    Thank you. I’m try in’ to pick up my cross but it seems so heavy, could I have gotten someone else’s instead?