February 25, 2009
Lent is the period of great personal cleaning. And so, in sequence:
If you are too plump – stop eating sweets.
If you are too thin – try to get a better nutrition, so you don’t get sick with anorexia or bulimia.
If you get upset easily, get angry, almost mad, and if you curse – don’t curse.
If you tend to be late – don’t be late.
Take a shower everyday. Make sure that your underclothes are clean.
If you owe money or some things to someone – take care of your debt.
If you smoke – don’t smoke; throughout the whole Lent – not even one cigarette.
If you drink – don’t ever drink too much. And if you drive – you have to abstain from alcohol 24 hours prior.
If you watch too much TV – cut your watching time in half.
During the time of crisis – more than ever - lean on your family, on your friends. Discuss with them job-related subjects and dangers awaiting you at your door.
And in general, let this Lent help you organize your personal life, your family life, your professional and social life in the community to which you belong.
And also, read the press, pick your paper, pick journalists whom you trust, pick your radio programs, not to sit and listen for hours, but to hear a statement, report, account, debate results, so that you are up-to-date with what is happening in the country and in the world.
You need to muster your energy; you need to be more careful, composed, patient, tolerant and reasonable. You need to be more human.
And lastly organize your Lent time in such way that you are able to participate in Stations of the Cross on Fridays in church, and if not, then at least at home.
Fr. M. M.