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.