Lent – When Lent approaches we are busy with trying to think what are we going to do for Lent! We question each other about what are you doing? It is more often than not I think we say, ‘give up chocolate, or sugar, biscuits, cakes, do some extra prayers etc…’ but what is the meaning of lent and for the ‘little things we give up’? Isn’t it about not satisfying ourselves but rather to GET CLOSER TO GOD and to go back to a conversion within our hearts, for a renewal in our lives, reflecting on our own personal relationship with God?
Lent is about prayer, penance and fasting but it is also a season of joy and confidence. One of the hardest things in this season is to admit that we may be wrong, it’s not my fault etc, but aren’t we in fact making choices and sometime those choices are wrong, we follow them up.
In a recent talk we had given to us, I was reminded of a simple format to help me in my own journey and it goes back to the Desert Fathers and how they helped people who came to them:
- We are full of thought, and we should, name them, claim them, tame them and aim them. That is name them by our recognition of them
- claim them by our acceptance in our lives
- tame them by our penaces
- aim them towards God
So Happy Lent to you all and look forward to the joys of EASTER !
Just wanted to share a small fragment of a reading we had at midday prayer today – with you. It’s from Blessed Pope John Paul II:
‘…Religious life is first of all a life consecrated to God. A sign of this consecration is unselfish love.
By the gift of your life to Christ, as to the spouse, you show that the Lord deserves to be loved for himself, that the kingdom of God according to Jesus, with its apparent ‘folly’ warrants the dedication of your life to it, and that the realities of the hereafter are so strong as to make you want to share in them even now. For you who are contemplatives, this aspect is evident: the free choice of your life of prayer and penance stuns, seduces or irritates the world, but never leaves it indifferent, especially today. But, even if you lead an active life people must also be able to easily recognise the One to whom you consecrated your life.
In your community life, you try to live with deep charity among sisters who did not choose each other. Your Religious vows help you precisely to live this donation: obedience makes you available to others, poverty makes you unselfish, chastity frees you from possessive relationship…….’
Here’s wishing you all a very Happy & Holy Christmas and may the Christ child fill you with his peace, love & joy !
Our Christmas timetable is slightly different and sometimes people do come & join in with us for the mass and the office so if you like to join in yourself in a spiritual offering no matter where you live – if you can link yourself with our time – then :
Christmas Eve – Matins 11.15 pm followed by Midnight Mass
Christmas Day Mass – 9.30am
Mass on the Feast of St. Stephen till New Year’s Eve is 9am except the sunday when it is 9.30am….
God bless and many Christmas greetings!
Mother Abbess at Vichtorchiano
If you are wanting to hear more from me about my 3 months in Rome then why don’t you take a peek at our website: colwichabbey.org.uk on the what’s new page and read this year’s Colwich Chronicle and my write up ‘Journey to Rome’…..
Enjoy reading !
So here we are again, Its the 1st Sunday of Advent and allows us the time and space to prepare properly for Christmas!
The 4 candles on the Advent wreath represent the 4 weeks traditionally known for Advent although in time past there were 6 weeks in preparation for Christmas and the season was treated like Lent….40 days of fasting and penance……
Have a wonderfully Blessed Advent and I hope that you prepare well in order to receive the Christ child into your hearts with love, joy and peace at Christmas time!
A photo of some of us in Assisi just before we left on our way home! The women in the group – Benedictine & Cistercian !
We looked at a passage of scripture from St. John’s Gospel this afternoon….JN 1:35 cf……. Where Jesus calls his first disciples…
‘The next day as John stood there with two of his disciples , Jesus went past, and Joghn looked towards him and said, ‘Look there is the lamb of God.’ And the disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus. Jesus turned round saw them following and said, ‘What do you want?’ They answered, ‘ Rabbi – which means teacher, – ‘where do your live?’ He replied ‘Come & See,’ so they went and saw where he lived, and stayed with him that day. It was about the tenth hour.
So what did we get out of this passage in our discussions….?
How Jesus is daily inviting us to not only follow him but also to answer his daily invitation of ‘What do you want?’ So what is it we want from Jesus daily?
Come & see is Jesus’ reply to where do you live.
The end of the passage was found to be showing of the Glory of God.
Nathanael’s question of ‘How do you know me? shows that Jesus knew him before hand, he was also the first to acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God….
and many more thoughts came to light.
Perhaps also including the fact that this is Jesus’ first community being called followed by 3 yrs instruction, that there was 2 sets of brothers in that group representing a family idea within a community and lots more………