The Lenten Season has started and with this we are given 40 days to commemorate the very reason of our being – Jesus Christ’s Passion for all of us. Here I share 3 ways you can do to bring back inner peace during Lenten Season 2019.
Last Sunday, I attended the Mass with a heavy heart – a heart that kept on wandering, looking for answers and finding that so-called inner peace within. Walking towards the church had led me to contemplate. Basically, a contemplation about life. I am human after all, and it is inevitable to be vulnerable at certain troughs of our lives. I felt the need for a self-check, and with that, I am to share my insight.
Often times when we are at our highest, we forget. We forget to pray when we are happy, or even when we already have what we want. However when we are at our lowest, we are reminded to kneel. When we get to be in our hardship, we pray unceasingly. This Lenten Season let us not forget to pray.
Pray during bad times as well as in good times. Talk to God because He is Our Father and He will always be there to listen in all our prayers – in all our doubts and fears, in all our elation and triumph. He is always there.
Pray, hope and not worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer – Padre Pio
This is the verse that I have always kept in my heart – a verse that I have heard during my board examination preparation. All the days of that board exam was like one full course of a rollercoaster ride every single day and in no way have I gotten through that PLE without the help of God. All those days I have prayed. And truthfully, it has made me calmer, more focused. It brightened up my days and made me feel at ease. Let’s pray not only with our lips, but also with our hearts.Pray during bad times as well as in good times. Talk to God because He will always be there to listen – in all our doubts and fears, in all our elation and triumph. He is always there. Click To Tweet
As years have come by, the term fasting has evolved. The act of fasting, nonetheless, will still depend on your preference. Some may stick to the classic fasting refraining from meat, eating simpler meals, eliminating food that you may crave or abstaining from activities that we opt to halt momentarily during the Lenten Season. At the end of the day, it is up to you on how you perceive fasting and how you do it.
“It is a summons to stop, to focus on what is essential, to fast from the unnecessary things that distract us. It is a wake-up call for the soul. – Pope FrancisCatholic News Agency
Such words struck me. Remember what I felt initially? I felt a heavy heart. And without me knowing, it crumpled me down and stopped me from moving towards my potential. Fasting reorients us to what we essentially need to focus in life. What are we here for? What do we live for? Is it the position in your career? material things? extravagance? As my parents would always tell me: They may be something, but they are not everything.
When we fast, we reorganize our thoughts away from the darkest clouds that may blur our path. When we keep such things that are heavy in our hearts, we will not move instead we will be weighed down. During Lent let us fast. Refocus your energy and time not toward your distractions, rather toward your insights.When we keep things that are heavy in our hearts, we will not move instead we will be weighed down. Refocus your energy not toward your distractions, rather toward your insights. Click To Tweet
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After the Mass, I picked a verse in the “basket of verses” available in our Church. The verse goes like this:
“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I dedicated you. A prophet to the nations I appointed you” – Jeremiah 1:5
Almsgiving or the virtue of giving to others is such a meaningful word that can be described in various ways depending on how you perceive it – it may be giving care to the sick, comfort to the lonely, help to the needy, or time for a loved one. But the bottom-line is, we are to give not because we expect that we receive; but we give because we expect nothing in return.
It had an impact on me in such a way that I realized that God has accurately appointed a position for me in this life all along. If not for Him, I wouldn’t be doing what I am doing. We have become blinded by the sorrows we’ve made up in this world, but in reality we have been blessed from the day we were born and are to be delivered to the end of it all. He will lead you to your special path. So do what you have to do. We are assured of His will.We have become blinded by the sorrows we've made up in this world, but in reality we've been blessed from the day we were born and are to be delivered to the end of it all. Click To Tweet
This Lenten Season, we are given this opportunity to bring back inner peace through these simple and doable ways – Pagdarasal, Pag-aayuno, at Pagkakawanggawa (Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving). This insight will not be possible if not for the Homily I have received on that Sunday. Indeed, God moves in mysterious ways.
And with that, I’d like to end it with this beautiful reminder from Pope Francis himself:
You may have a bad day once in a while in this world, but it will never be a bad life with God. Click To Tweet
“Prayer reunites us to God; charity, to our neighbor; fasting, to ourselves.” – Pope Francis
See you through this journey.
What are your insights this Lent? Have you contemplated about life yet? Just comment below. I’d love to hear from you!