Fr. Joseph reminds us that we are half-way through Lent.
I don’t know about others, but I start well, last about two days, and then despondency becomes a real struggle. Lord have mercy.
This illustration Father relates in his post struck me quick, clean and hard.
I remember once hearing a priest tell of a “bad Lent.” It was Holy Week, Great and Holy Thursday, and he went to Confession prior to that night’s “12 Gospel Service” and tearfully confessed to being slothful through the whole of the Fast. He admitted to God, before his brother priest, that he had not fasted as he ought, had let his secular job override his prayers and service attendance, had not given and forgiven more, struggled harder, sinned less …
The priest hearing his Confession said: “Well, tonight my brother, you get to place Christ on the Cross.”
Lord have mercy. According to thy lovingkindess, and according to the multitude of thy tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.
Lord have mercy.