Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me!
We are now a few days into Lent, have you made a Lenten commitment to work on improving your spiritual life or, said another way, to draw yourself closer to our God?
My spiritual director recently asked me what I was doing for Lent and I did not have an immediate response. As we talked about her question I believe I resolved to work on a deeper commitment to my 30-45 minutes of prayer and conversation with my God and brother Jesus each day. This is not a heavy commitment, but I believe it is a worthwhile commitment.
I would encourage you to make some kind of realistic commitment to advance your relationship with God. I suggested a number of ways last week in my Bulletin article in the areas of alms giving, fasting or prayer. Whatever your commitment is, big or small, I am sure it will do you soul good.
Don’t forget to mark your calendar for next week’s Tri-Parish Retreat, our retreat leader is excellent. Details for the Retreat are on the front of the Bulletin.
Now to the lighter side, with St. Patrick’s Day coming in the middle of Lent and this special day being on a Friday this year I wanted to share this little story about Paddy O’Connell with you as you prepare for the fine day.
by Cherie Lashway
There once was a logger, named Paddy O'Connell,
Who at lunch during Lent, found himself at McDonalds,
And had just settled down to his Big Mac and fries,
When along came his priest, much to both their surprise.
The priest said to Paddy, "Just what are you eating?
In this season of Lent, I sure hope you're not cheating."
Paddy said to the Father, "I'll tell you no lies.
I'm enjoying a Big Mac, along with some fries."
The priest said to Paddy, "I see no repentance.
Because of this sin, you will have to do penance.
"By Friday or sooner, I say that you should,
For our fireplace, deliver a cord of chopped wood."
Now our timber man, Paddy, an overworked man,
Did think to himself, "I don't think that I can."
But early on Friday, our priest, he heard shoveling,
And looked out the window at Paddy not groveling.
And saw with confusion, dismay and disgust,
That the wood bin was now almost filled with saw dust.
He called down below, barely hiding his ire:
"Hey Paddy, your penance was wood for the fire!"
To which Paddy said, rising up from his work,
While wiping his brow and concealing a smirk:
"I've brought you a cord, like you said that I should,
But if burger be meat, well then sawdust be wood!"
Continue the journey to Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me!
Let us continue to pray for peace and for the end of terrorism in our world!
In peace and courage,