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Feb 16, 2024 292 Deacon Jim McFadden
Lenten reflections

Roadmap to Fruitfulness

Lent is a marvelous opportunity to deepen our lives of prayer, to temper our desire for food and drink, and to engage in the graced time of alms giving. Let’s use this season to get our way of living in order, to show our love and service in very concrete ways.

Prayer: Prayer is foundational to cultivating friendship with God. During Lent we’re asked to pray more intensely, to pick up our game in regard to prayer.

Fast: As Catholics, we don’t think that the natural desire for food, drink, and sex are bad things. So, why do we fast? Saying “no” to our natural desires empowers us to say “yes” to God, especially when we are dealing with temptation. Fasting enables us to concretely practice being God-centered.

Almsgiving: God is Love. When we give alms, we are engaging in self-giving generosity by addressing the needs of our brethren, especially those who are most in need.
So, as we begin our Lenten journey, let us resolve that at the end of Lent we don’t end up thinking to ourselves: “Gee, Lent came and went and I didn’t do too much. Nothing really changed in my life.”

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Deacon Jim McFadden

Deacon Jim McFadden ministers at the Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church in Folsom, California. He serves in adult faith formation, baptismal preparation, spiritual direction, and prison ministry.

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