Reflecting on this beautiful Ash Wednesday

M & I celebrate Ash Wednesday but in different ways.  He also tends to celebrate Lent according to Eastern Orthodox tradition (at a later date).

One of the ways I thought I would celebrate Ash Wednesday and allow myself to reflect on Christ’s resurrection this year is by reading the Prayer of St. Francis from Our Lady of the Lake College in Baton Rouge, LA.  Emphasis placed are mine.

As a side note, I did attend a Catholic university but I am not Catholic.  M, on the other hand, is Eastern Orthodox Christian. 🙂 

Byzantine-style cross displayed in the Basilica of St. Clare
Source: Hospital Sisters of St. Francis Byzantine-style cross displayed in the Basilica of St. Clare

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace,
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;

Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

—  Amen

I hope through this season of reflection, I can grow in my faith, strive to give to those who are in need or who strive to show Christ’s grace to the world, and not void but replace the sadness of this past year with joy in who Christ is.

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