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By Sarah Chichester (Feb 17, 2010)
The following is the first in a series of Lenten reflections, written as a dialogue between the Lord and the soul. These reflections are inspired by the Diary of St. Faustina and Scripture.

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"My dear one, come to Me."

Lord, I think I hear Your voice, but there are all these things that I need to get done today. As You can see, my life is very busy ...

"My little one, come with Me. As Lent begins, come closer to Me and walk with Me. Be My companion throughout these 40 days."

Lord, I really don't have a lot of time. Besides, I don't think You know what You're asking. I'm not sure You really want me with You. If I were You, I wouldn't want me with You. Do you know what kind of person I am? Do You know how many times a day I have rejected Your gifts and despised Your friendship?

"I know well the extent of your misery, but My mercy is greater than your sins. In My mercy, I meet you where you are and I call you to Myself. I will even give you the strength to come to Me. All I want from you is your 'yes.' Do not argue with Me about finding time. I will give you the grace to find the time as well as to persevere through your distractions. So come, let us be on our way."

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Read part 1: The Quiet Call.
Read part 2: Trying God's Patience?
Read part 3: A Trail of Trust.
Read part 4: If You Want Peace …
Read part 5: In Your Mercy, Preserve My Life
Read part 6: Finding Everyday Masterpieces.


Sarah Chichester works for the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, based in Stockbridge, Mass.

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debbie slavin - Feb 17, 2010

what a beautiful way to begin the Lenten journey, as the soul hears the Lord, walking in faith, with trust, trust that his Mercy is greater than the misery of a soul.
Thank you Sarah, for this and the other reflections which will follow, may your Lenten journey bear much fruit.
May we all console the heart of Our Lord, by staying and walking close with the Merciful Lord on our Lenten journey.
in Christ,
deb

Dawn Borst - Feb 17, 2010

Dear Sarah,

What a powerful and beautiful prayer. It deeply touched me as I often "argue" with our Lord about things like I'm not the one he wants. I forget He will always supply us with the grace we need. How perfect to hear this on this first day of lent. This was truly meant to touch my heart. Thank you and God bless you on your lenten journey. Mine has already been enriched on this Ash Wednesday but your Prayer and Brother Michaels book.

EFI, Vandergrift - Feb 20, 2010

Yes! Let us be on our way. We only come this way but once, and we must make every moment and opportunity count.

Mary - Feb 21, 2010

Sarah, Thank you. My life has been occupied with the aftermath of a winter storm that is still causing problems in my area of the country - I needed this reminder that to walk with Jesus will bring me peace despite my surroundings. Have a wonderful Lent.

Isabel - Feb 21, 2010

Thank you Sarah. I look forward to more reflections. The Holy Spirit is working in your life , thus helping others. Thank you. In Jesus we trust.

maryS - Mar 1, 2010

Beautiful specially for Lenten Season,May we reflect the kindness Our Lord has given us,Yes often times we are so busy,that we only think of our own self,Jesus is waiting for us to enter to our hearts.God bless.