Sisters in Scripture
Prayer Curls    02/26/2016

Slowly colorful slips of paper curl beneath my fingers.  I say aloud the name written inside and place it gently among the others filling the prayer basket.  Touching the curls, I am reminded of the wood shavings that spiral beneath a plane.  Did the boy Jesus play with such curls at Joseph’s feet, I wonder?  For countless hours, I suspect. 

A visual reminder of blessing and promise, each paper contains the name of someone who’s signed up for the Easter retreat, Witnesses to Resurrection.  I pray their Lenten journey is drawing them deeper into their walk with Jesus or at least giving them inklings that he walks alongside.  My own journey is now linked with theirs as I hold them in prayer and plan for our time together after Easter.  God gives gifts "in good measure, packed together, shaken down, overflowing, poured into your lap.” (Lk 6:38)   Are not all those for whom we pray given as gift?  In abundant measure, I suspect. 


Your Ash Wednesday Assignment    2/10/2016
Here’s a simple Ash Wednesday assignment for you.  Fold a lined sheet of paper in lengthwise.  Now open it and write across the left top, "Memories of Lent.”  Across the right top, write, "Memories of Easter.”  For five minutes just free write what comes to mind from your childhood up to now. 
Compare the two lists.  Which is longer?  More meaningful?  More "spiritual?”  My guess is that your "winning” list, like mine is Lent.  Yes there were trivial things like giving up chocolate and tuna fish casserole.  But there were also memories of retreats led and attended, Stations, great spiritual books, going out at night as a child to attend Holy Thursday holy hour.  The "good” stuff under Easter was mostly as related to RCIA and the Easter Vigil—Alleluia, striking the new fire and full immersion Baptism.  But most of it was chocolate bunnies, new shoes, coloring eggs, ham dinner, etc.  Lent lasted 40 days and marked me.  Easter was pretty much over once the ears had been nibbled off the bunny.  

Maybe you did better—I hope you did.  But if you realize that Easter can sometimes be "less than” Lent, plan now to sign up for our Easter retreat,


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