Lent is fast approaching.
Even though I’ve been consistently thinking about Lent over the past few weeks and prepping my students and small group for it, I still haven’t fully decided what I will be giving up/adding to my life for the next 40 days. Many ideas are swirling around, but I haven’t landed on specifics yet. This morning, I was talking with one of the prisoners and after I explained a little about Lent, he asked what I would be doing for it. Great question, friend, I thought, I’m not quite certain yet.
However, there is still time to decide. Time to prayerfully consider how we can draw nearer to the Lord’s heart as we wander into the desert so that He may speak to our hearts more intentionally.
To that end, I created a Lenten devotional for you (and me)! I’m excited about this little project and I hope that it will enable us to have a more fruitful Lent. (Click picture below for the pdf)
Continue reading “From My Heart to Yours: A Lenten Devotional”
Readers, few though you be, excuse the rant that is about to follow. It will be brief, I promise.
The other day my mother bought me a pack of gum (isn’t she sweet!) and I was quite glad. Until I examined the package and I could hardly believe what was being sold, along with chewing gum. Everything seems to be connected to sex. But gum? Yes, indeed. What is perhaps worse than gum being used to also sell sex is that it isn’t even authentic sex, it is a counterfeit sexual lie. (Hats off to you, Dr. Asci, for that terminology!)
“Practice safe breath.” I looked at it again. Yes, there was no way I reading too much into that line. In fact, I would be fairly obtuse to not pick up on the blatant allusion. Dentyne Ice–not very classy. The most troubling aspect is that I don’t think it is considered to be that controversial. Perhaps people would think it slightly bad taste to make gum about sex, but I am more concerned that “safe sex” would not be the most objectionable part. Ready for a lovely night of fornication? Well, let’s see: gum? Check. Condom? Check. Great, ready to go. Only two prerequisites to a night of enjoyment. Now everyone is happy. Ughhh! So many lies swirling around in our culture. How can the innocent fight their way through the filth? Oh, yes, the prayers of their brothers and sisters! Wonderful idea, Lord. So—here’s to praying for the conversion of our culture!
P.S. In case the one-line tag wasn’t convincing, Dentyne Ice has a commercial to back up and add to the tasteless advertising.
Step 1: Watch.
Step 2: Pray.
February 20th is the feast of Bl. Jacinta and Francisco Marto, two of the visionaries at Fatima. Bl. Jacinta and Francisco–intercede for our culture. Help us to console the heart of Our Lord!