Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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Location: Pennsylvania, United States

I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Monday, March 07, 2011

I Need Lent

Lent begins this Wednesday. Once again the Church, gives us the opportunity to draw closer to Jesus and further away from the things that hold us back from Him. Lent provides the tools to help free ourselves from the "weights and encumbrances that so easily beset us" as St. Paul would say. Through prayer, fasting and alms giving, we will ultimately think more of others, less of ourselves and ultimately strengthen our union with Jesus.
As the days of Lent progress towards Holy Week, we are given the opportunity to meditate on how our sins have caused his wounds. We fast and pray asking God to detach us from the things that prevent us from truly understanding all that He has done for us, and continues to do. We give alms to the poor and less fortunate to further "lighten" our grip on the things of earth and be a blessing to others. Lent is the time the Church has provided since the early days of Christianity to refocus our hearts and minds on the most important thing in our lives; Jesus.
I don't know about you, but I need Lent. This flesh suit I wear sure weighs me down but thank God He has given us the season of Lent to provide the anti-gravity remedy!


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