(source: Huntsville First)
It's been some time now but I've decided to renew my faith. What better time to start than Lent, a time to reexamine my faith and commitment as well as reflect during the most sacred and spiritually powerful days leading up to Easter. I haven't exactly led the life I wanted for myself. During this time, I hope to find what I have lost and to get myself back on track.
"Remember that you are dust and unto dust you shall return.”Honestly, I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to make it to Mass today. I haven't been very good or disciplined about attending church daily. As I got off the metro for work, there were priests waiting for people looking to receive ashes. I don't recall that Catholic Church ever doing this or maybe I just wasn't aware. I was later informed that the priests were either from Presbyterian or Episcopalian Churches. Although I had received ashes from the priests at the metro, it wasn't enough for me--I felt guilty that I didn't receive from my church. I needed that peace of mind, that connection. I blocked off my lunch hour since I ended up eating breakfast and will be fasting the rest of the day. I always feel a sense of calm after church.
I'm giving up a lot this lent as way to humble myself and bring me back down to earth. I'm not invincible. I'm not better than anyone else. I'm human and I will make mistakes. I've got some lovely folks to help me be accountable and encourage me to be better than yesterday.