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Considerations for Lent
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Second installment on the types of “silence” to “pick up” during this Lenten season

Holy Lent

By Paola Treviño


Below is my second installment on suggestions of what to “pick up” in your spiritual shopping cart during this second week of Lent.  (How is it going so far?)


1. Silence your memory. Often we can forget, but we cannot forgive. I suggest this Lent you try to let go of the past.  It is gone, and there’s nothing you can do about that.  We cannot control our future either… in fact, all we have is the very second we are in.  So why lose time remembering what is past?  Consider picking up and adding to your shopping cart a phone call or a visit to “that person” to simply say hello or to ask forgiveness.  You might even get an apology in return…

2. Silence your voice.  Leave the “Gossip Girls” on television.  We can write a new script for our own life.  We can pick up and add to our cart the habit of speaking and thinking well of others.

3. Silence your heart.  Sentiments, emotions, desires, affections, relationships… they can quickly drain our hearts.  That is why our nicknames sometimes become “Grumpy" or "Grouchy.”  Why not pick up and add to your cart a pencil to write down all these emotions, sentiments and desires…and bring them to the ONE person that can actually do something about them: Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament --the Eucharist.




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