Today we begin Lent, tomorrow the Lunar New Year. A pastoral bulletin gives us 11 resolutions from Pope Francis that were taken from Facebook. They would make a good beginning for Lent and the New Year.
Gossip) (Finish my meals) (Make time for others) (Choose the more
humble purchase) (Meet the poor) (Stop judging others) (Be friends with
those you disagree) (Don't be afraid to say "forever") (Make it a
habit to "ask the Lord") (Be happy) (Forget what others did wrong to me)
are all on a journey living in a beautiful boardinghouse for a short
period of time. We have not built the world and are living in this
world without any demand for rent. And it is clear that we are not the
owners of the house.
We know we are here for an
indefinite period of time. Not for 3 or 4 days but for about 70 to 80
years and we leave. We tend to forget that this earthly journey
will come to an end.
The owner of the boardinghouse
quietly looks over what is going on. The travelers prepare their room as
if they were the owners, and if other travelers want to look at the
room there is a price to pay. At times there is a fight to take another
person's room, and even do harm to the other fellow travelers.
owner has given us everything free: the sun , air, water and even the
rooms we use, but we demand a price for their use from each other.
are all travelers. The kind hearted owner had given us the use of
these facilities and wouldn't it be wonderful if we had the use of what
the owner has given to all of us. We are only on this journey once.
in the Masses within the Catholic world we received ashes on the
forehead reminding us that our bodies will return to the earth from
which we came. Life is short; in the Gospel we are reminded to work in
becoming better tools: by thinking of others, communicating with God in
our prayer life, and
opening ourselves to receiving the graces he continually bestows by
preparing the container with asceticism-- a word we are embarrassed to
The Holy Father in his Lenten message has warned us
of the globalization of indifference. He has selected three sentences
for us to meditate on for this Lent: If one member suffers, all suffer together” (Cor.12:26). “Where is your brother?” (Gen 4:9) “Make your hearts firm!” (James 5:8) We have here more than enough matter for meditation.