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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Lynn...pondering

[Editor: Welcome to the first in a monthly series of blog reflections by parishioner Lynn Marini! ]

A Brief Lenten Reflection based on my own examination.

The writer Anais Nin once said, “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to oneʼs courage.” The word courage comes from coeur which means heart. To have courage is to listen to our our heart; to speak from our heart, to act from our heart. To be courageous is to take a stance regardless of its popularity. It also means that we must take time to pray before we react.

Courage is responsive, not reactive. Sometimes no matter how good or grandiose our intentions, they evoke reaction rather than response. When that happens, we must have the courage to forgive.--To forgive from the heart is an act of liberation; it sets us and the other person free from negative bonds. As long as we do not forgive, forgive those who have wounded us, we carry them with us or rather drag them around as a heavy load.

In this season of Lent, let each of us (myself included) examine our hearts to see whom we have wounded, or who has wounded us unintentionally. In the 6th chapter of the Gospel according to St. Luke we are reminded, “Love your enemies, do good expecting nothing in return...Forgive and you will be forgiven”.

Let us choose one bit of emotional garbage to which we are clinging, get rid of it, and get on with our life that we may meet our Risen Lord with a clear conscience and outstretched arms of welcome and praise.

Shalom,
Lynn

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