This time, again, we enter the Lenten season. A season for spiritual recollection, penance, renewal, and peace.
What do you do for the one you love? I believe I do anything I can to make him happy, to make him feel loved, to show that I love him. Faith has taught me that love is unconditional ~ it’s hard (and probably unreasonable) yet it’s not impossible.
Well, then what do you do for Him who loves you so much and sacrifices His life so you can have your own? He has shown us, over and over again, that He will do anything for His love to us, and that He is The Way to everlasting happiness. It’s hard to believe, huh… But I think I’ll do what I can to gain that everlasting happiness ~ and this is one of the season to take a much closer look at my relationship with Him.
Prayer. Have we spent our quality times just to be intimate with Him? Can we spend more time to communicate to him and prioritize it above anything else?
Fasting. Are we too attached to worldly things? Are we too weak to oust our old bad habits? Can we control ourselves over many “favourite things” (such as TV, Internet, movies, foods, luxurious things, coffee, gossiping, etc.)?
Almsgiving. Are we generous to “the poor” in our society, be it they who lack food, clothing, place to live, attention, or love? Can we give to “the poor” the things that we saved by eating, drinking, buying, or spending less?
In today’s world we can find Him in all “the poor” around us… need to be helped, cared for, loved, and saved. For He tells us: “Whatever you did to the least of My brothers, you did it to Me.”
As Mother Teresa has taught us that we should give wholehearted to the materially and spiritually poorest of the poor irrespective of caste, creed, and nationality. We should give them immediate and effective attention as long as they have no one to help them by:
- feeding the hungry not only with food, but also with the word of God;
- giving drink to the thirsty not only for water, but for knowledge, peace, truth, justice, and love;
- clothing the naked not only with clothes, but also with human dignity;
- giving shelter not only made of bricks, but a heart that understands, that cares, that loves;
- nursing the sick and the dying and caring for the weak and the handicapped not only of body, but also of mind and spirit.
And for this particular year Pope John Paul II has called us to practising love generously for the elder in the society, “The elderly need to be understood and helped in this perspective. I wish, here, to express my appreciation to those who dedicate themselves to fulfilling these needs, and I also call upon other people of good will to take advantage of Lent for making their own personal contribution. This will allow many elderly not to think of themselves as a burden to the community, and sometimes even to their own families, living in a situation of loneliness that leads to the temptation of isolating themselves or becoming discouraged.”
My friends, I wish you all to have a blessed season of recollection, penance, renewal, and peace.
Spiritual renewal is God’s gift in Lent. Let us repent and receive it. (Psalm 51)