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On Holy Saturday

In this sacred season
Of our Lents’ last day
A simple refection
On Holy Saturday

A time of fasting
Almsgiving and prayer
Did I take advantage
To know His grace here

If I’m discouraged
Or feeling guilty
It’s not what I have done
It’s what He did for me

On His great passion
Let us contemplate
For with our good Lord
It is never too late

Halfway Through Lent

For the season of lent
Of thought to prepare
A time of almsgiving
Fasting and prayer

And here I am
I must confess
That half way there
My lent is a mess

If I’m honest about
My Lenten devotions
I see that I’m just
Going through the motions

And lost in my needing
A vision to see
Perhaps this is where
God wants me to be

Lost in the desert
Of need desperately
Here let me allow
My Lord to find me

Lost in my needing
In this desert, I roam
Please Lord rescue me
And lead me back home

Found in the Desert

We find in the desert
Our need physically
Our basic desires
Of necessity

So grateful for water
When we are thirsty
The blessing of food
When we are hungry

We find in the desert
Emotionally
Although were alone
With You, never lonely

Beyond that we find
It’s not about me
A great lesson of
Humility

We find in the desert
Spiritually
Treasures divine
Through simplicity

Wherever I am
To go prayerfully
Into the desert
To let You find me

One of the Turning

We are called to a time
Of being right here
One of the turning
By fasting and prayer

With truth of reminder
Of ashes to burn
For we’re born of dust
And to dust we’ll return

To our Lord of turning
And give Him control
Denying the body
And feeding the soul

Our focus of hope
And joy in His way
To rise in the coming
Of Easter Sunday

Death Before the Resurrection

How I’ve lived these weeks
Of lent to prepare
Without paying attention
To penance, fasting and prayer

How often have I missed
The fruits of the season
How can I celebrate?
Without observing this season

How can I rejoice
In Your Resurrection
When I’ve avoided death
Missing the connection

Yes, Lord I have to die
With You, through You, in You
So much in me to die
Sins within my view

All my false attachments
Anger and of greed
Impatience, stinginess
My pride to concede

How little I have died
A prayer to contemplate
Transform now my way
For it’s not too late

(based upon words by Henri Nouwen)

Days Forty

Ashes, ashes
All are we
Flesh and bones
Is our body

Season here
Of days forty
Soul to grow
Spiritually

To our desert
Willingly
Focusing
On acts of three

Spending time
In prayer with Thee
Listening
Contemplatively

Time to turn
Away from me
Fasting from
Temptations be

God of grace
Abundantly
Giving alms
Generously

Knowing what’s
Ahead of me
Cross to bear
And great glory!

Fasting This Lent

Fast from hurting words
Let our words be kind
Fasting from our sadness
Let gratitude us, find

Fasting from our anger
Filled with patience, cope
Fast from pessimism
And be filled with hope

Fasting from our worries
Trust in God fully
Fast from our complaints
Contemplate simplicity

Fasting from our pressures
And be filled with prayer
Fast from bitterness
Our heart be joyful here

Fast from selfishness
Compassionate to see
Fasting from our grudges
Reconciled, be

Fasting from our words
Listening now hear
Let us find the silence
The Word of God to share

(based upon words from Pope Francis)

Ashes

Ashes, ashes
Our body
Acknowledge our
Mortality

Depressing now
This thought can be
Let Word instill
A turn to see

God sent his son
To rescue me
In human skin
Divinity

He gave his life
So willingly
Upon a cross
Sacrificially

And from the grave
Miraculously
He conquered death
So gloriously

He offers now
This gift for free
To live with Him
Eternally

Easter Tide

Blessed the season
in which we reside
Two weeks before rising
We call Easter tide

Reflecting upon
These days of Lent
Of promises passed
We failed to repent

A turn in the way
Of hope and of grace
A new attitude
Within God’s embrace

Attuning awareness
In Presence surround
Invitations consent
To allowed to be found

Let God lead the way
Let go and let be
With eyes of the soul
Let Him move within me

Time to Declutter

A season transforming
Let the soul utter
Please bless this journey
A time to declutter

Lens of refocus
Of spiritual way
Priority set
To take time to pray

An honest reflection
Of step to begin
A changing of heart
To turn from my sin

Cast out the junk
Create inner space
Please fill the void
By Your Spirit of Grace