It's very rare for me to be up by 6:00 or 6:15 in the morning. I've never been an early bird. But yesterday morning was different because it's the start of the Lenten season and my family and I attended Mass for Ash Wednesday. Even our five year old had to get up!
There were two takeaways from the priest's homily. He said, "You are dirt!" We are reminded of Original Sin and that we are a sinful people. Our bodies will die but our souls will live forever.
I really resonated with the second takeaway. Father said, "Prayer is like breathing. It is necessary."
Prayer really needs to be our everything and I think it's the perfect Lenten activity to start again with God if someone's been away from the Church or feels like they're just going through the motions because they have to. One young lady who I am health coaching picked the word "prayer" for her word theme for 2018. Prayer is the best way to tighten our relationship or lack of relationship with Jesus.
The saints can teach us how to pray. Not only did St. Pio of Pietrelcina and St. Jean Baptiste Marie Vianney spend countless hours in the confessional reconciling people to God, these two holy priests had such a deep, rich, unwavering relationship with Jesus and Mary.
I love this beautiful quote by St. Jean Vianney.
My little children, your hearts, are small, but prayer stretches them and makes them capable of loving God. Through prayer we receive a foretaste of heaven and something of paradise comes down upon us. Prayer never leaves us without sweetness. It is honey that flows into the souls and makes all things sweet. When we pray properly, sorrows disappear like snow before the sun.
Doesn't that sound so poetic? Let us open our hearts to our loving Father and let us do all that we can to make this Lent the best Lent ever so that one day we may enter into His everlasting embrace.