Sunday, February 19, 2012

Into the Desert





Lead me into the desert, oh Lord.
Make straight, my path.
Empty me of all that is self so that I may be filled with all that is You.
Purge me, gently break me, and rid me of pride, selfishness, arrogance, self-righteousness, laziness, vanity,
and doubt.

Lead me into the desert, oh Lord.
And, just as You did for Your Son, allow my angels to minister to me there.
As I come to You, on bended knee, to fast and pray.
Comfort me in my journey to the Cross.

Lead me into the desert, oh Lord.
Grant me strength to resist the wiles and snares that satan will lay before me.
Remind me that "men can not live by bread, alone".
Feed me on Your Sacred Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity; that my soul, my mind, and my body may be
nourished for all eternity.

I come to this Lenten Season with a heavy and troubled heart, my God.
Your beautiful and perfect Church is under attack in America.
Your beautiful and innocent babies in the womb are being left to killers' hands and their government will
not protect them, nor save them.
Your beautiful and precious Sacrament of Matrimony is being degraded and defiled and twisted in evil ways.
Those who profess their faith in you are being scorned, persecuted, mocked, and treated with disregard.

Oh, but You understand this, don't You?

For, before us, they did these things to YOU.

Breathe in me, Your words of comfort, (John 15:18) that before the world hated me, it first hated You.

And so, I ask You, oh Lord, my God...to lead me into the desert...for just as YOU were willing to suffer
at the hands of mere mortals for my sake; So, too, am I willing to suffer for YOU.

But, I beg of Thee, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit...let not my suffering be in vain.

Unite me to my Savior, Redeemer, and King, Jesus Christ, upon His holy Cross...that by HIS merit, by

HIS grace, and by HIS Passion, Death, and Resurrection, my humble offerings may be turned into blessings
to heal the sick, comfort the afflicted, love the unlovable, and save lost souls.

* The above is a meditation that came to my heart as I prepare and look forward to my own Lenten Journey, ahead. I share it with you, my brothers and sisters in Christ...here, in our wonderful Catholic Blogging Community, to let you know that I carry each and all of you with me "into the desert". I pray that Jesus will tend to you in the ways you need Him most and that these 40 days of prayer and fasting will draw you nearer to His Most Sacred Heart and bring you swiftly, and joyfully, to the glorious celebration of His miraculous RESURRECTION! I am blessed to be among you and I thank you all for your fellowship.


5 comments:

  1. Beautiful reflection Judy. I'm honored you shared that with us. Very inspiring as we enter Lent ...

    God Bless.

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  2. Judy, beautiful meditation! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Have a blessed Lent!

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  3. "Empty me of all that is self".....a reminder for me of the grace of humility...that I might embrace it.

    "a heavy and troubled heart"...much like the heart of Christ as he agonized in the Garden Gethsemane, knowing that for many his suffering might be in vain encourages me not to loose heart.

    "Breathe in me"...Invoking the Holy Spirit to fill me completely.

    The words you have written here are truly beautiful.

    Thank you..

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  4. Judy,
    Thank you for sharing this beautiful and powerful reflection with us. As you reflected on, there is much for us to offer our sacrifices for this Lenten season.
    Prayers for a blessed Lent to you and your family.

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  5. Thank you all for your kind thoughts and blessings. I am glad you enjoyed this reflection. A Blessed Lent to each and all of you!

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