Happy #SmallSuccess Holy Thursday
Returned home - safe and sound - and healthy from my business trip to Washington, DC. While there for the Napa Institute's Human Ecology conference on the campus Catholic University of America - I learned:
Jennifer and I were able to spend some time in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC at the end of the first night of the conference. Since the Days Inn had messed up our room reservation, while everyone else took the bus back for a fancy pants dinner, she and I had to lug our luggage back to the Days Inn and check in. That actually turned out to be a huge blessing because we were not rushed out of this glorious holy place and had over an hour in gawk and awe at its beauty. During that time we stumbled upon and walked through this Holy Door of Mercy. As I walked through, the light on the other side shone in my face and basked me in a soft warm glow, I felt this rush of warmth and peace as I completed my pass through. Honestly, before I entered I was very skeptical of how walking through a doorway could be a conduit of God's mercy. I believe now!
Completed Lent! Well we all get to the end whether we feel we've been a success at it or not. This year went relatively well for me, as I managed to keep to my fasting from television Monday through Saturday afternoon. It is my deepest desire NOT to return to this 'time sucker upper' habit after Sunday - but it is baseball season, sooooo may take more resolve than needed during Lent!
So many people share with me that they feel they've 'failed at Lent' - this was part of a conversation today withDianna Kennedy on my radio show, A Seeking Heart. While we were chatting I thought - well sometimes we choose our Lenten sacrifices and sometimes life chooses them for us. Sometimes LIFE is Lent! Prompting me to create the graphic below -- as it sped through inter-space being shared over 30 times in under 2 hours; I realized the epidemic leaving Lent feeling like a failure is. Here is a success I want you to celebrate today as we prepare to enter into the holiest time of the year. YOU can not fail at TRYING to please God. As Thomas Merton so eloquently put it, "I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you".
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