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I’m running a race on Saturday.  It’s really not that long – 8K – but the significance of it is HUGE for me.  It is the first race I’ve run in over 2 years.  My first race since my pregnancy,  bedrest and a c-section.  The fact that I’m even up for running it feels like a tremendous victory to me. For the past 8 weeks, I’ve been focused on preparing for the day – March 12th.   It has been on my calendar for months and all my training was with this race in mind.  The rigor of the training has been so satisfying.  The date on the calendar has been so helpful for my staying focused.  But, truth be told, I’m terribly afraid to face the day after the race.  Will I continue to willingly push myself so hard?  Is my own health and fitness enough of a goal?  If I’m completely honest, I have to admit, sometimes it just isn’t.

Until not too many years ago, I thought Lent was about giving up chocolate or sweets.  And maybe for some, it is.  But really, it has the potential to be so, so much more than that.  Lent is, for my heart, what the past 8 weeks have been for my body – a season of focused preparation with my eye on the goal.  This morning, I could almost hear a collective sigh of relief as we all arose to the beginning of this Holy season.   Finally, finally, this sacred season that begins so late this year is here.  This season that, through it’s discipline and structure, helps us see more clearly that which we truly long for.  This season that helps us scrape away all the unnecessaries and distractions……..those things that “aren’t helpful to us”, as Fr. Buda said in this morning’s Mass…..so that we can see that which we’re really made for.  Because, ultimately, heaven is our goal isn’t it?  Ash Wednesday, Lent, Easter are all just markers along the path.  Sacred markers, but still not the true prize.  The weightiness of deprivation that Lent can bring serves not only to make the joy of the Resurrection all the sweeter but also to remind me to stay focused on the True Prize the rest of the year as well.

How grateful I am for the gentle cadence of the liturgical year to provide steady rhythm and focus for this wandering heart.  God knows I need it!

(This post was originally published elsewhere last week but I thought it would be a nice addition to this poor neglected blog as well.)

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Some wonderful, daily Lenten prompts can be found here. It’s hard to believe we’re halfway to Easter!

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Waiting for Jesus

“The birth of Jesus at Bethlehem is not an event which can be consigned to the past.  The whole of human history in fact stands in reference to him:  our own time and the future of the world are illumined by his presence.  He is ‘the Living one,’ ‘who is, who was and who is to come.’  Before him every knee must bend, in the heavens, on earth and under the earth, and every tongue proclaim that he is Lord.  In the encounter with Christ, every man discovers the mystery of his own life.”          John Paul II

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“You are rich”, said the smiling, little Ukrainian lady to me as she admired my 4 runninggals and served out samples of seven layer dip today at Sam’s Club.

“No money, just children”, she continued.

As I walked away teary-eyes, I agreed with her. Yes, seven-layer-dip-lady, I AM rich. You have no idea how rich I am…and many days, I think I don’t either.

Hence the silence of this blog of late.

It seems that daily I become more and more aware of the abundant riches showered on me as a Catholic, Christian, wife and mother. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again. This Church that I’m a part of is so big. Nine months later I feel I’ve only skimmed the surface.

I’ve made a choice not to post anything here recently. Not because I’ve nothing to say but because I’m so enjoying just living this life. Our Lord is giving me powerful, beautiful opportunities to talk about my faith in real life and it feels so natural. Writing here does not feel natural. Yet, I feel a passion to explain the Catholic Faith, not to convince anyone but just to explain the truth and dispel the lies.

Advent marks the beginning of the Liturgical Year in the Church Calendar. All those resolves to declutter, lose weight, get organized that seem to materialize in our minds between Christmas and New Years can be applied to our hearts as the Church Year begins anew.

What kind of heart clutter have I accumulated? Lies whispered by the Enemy? Idols that distract me from Our Lord? What do I need to do to rid myself of that heart clutter?

Am I carrying extra heart “weight” that I’m not supposed to carry? Unconfessed sin? (Catholics get thee to confession! 😉 ) Guilt? Other peoples’ burdens?

How can I run harder after Jesus? What obstacles are in the way of that? Am I living in this moment, right now, fully embracing all that God has for me here and now? Or do I stay distracted by all the “what-ifs” of the past?

If you’re so inclined, pray for me as I seek discernment about the future of this blog.

A Blessed Advent to you all.

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