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A reflection of Lent through the last words of St Francis of Assisi “Let us begin again….”
“Let us begin again, for as yet we have done nothing”
This line is possibly the last line spoken by St Francis of Assisi, even after all he accomplished
in his life.
Maybe this is the meaning of Lent we should hold in our hearts as well.
Have you become like a clock running down, or feel as if your running up the against the limits of your own soul?
Do you feel like you would like a different future if you had a way to change it?
Or do you feel like one
minute you’re on cloud nine, and the next minute you have nothing left to give?
Lent is a time for renewal especially within your soul. A time to spend with Jesus and understand why as God and man He allowed others to arrest, scourge, and nail Him to a cross.
Do you think that maybe even His words in the Garden of Gethsemane
“Father, let this cup pass from me….”
is an attempt to  escape of His own reality?
No, instead He walks forward, embraces the cross, and in turn this becomes a place where hope is born, and the truest form of love is shown.
Maybe it’s our time to stop running, or riding on a merry-go-round.
Maybe we need to  stop and “Let’s begin again, with Jesus.”
Read the words of the readings!
“”Let us return to the Lord’s table”
Many famous quotes of St Francis of Assisi can be considered and prayed on during Lent.
“Preach the gospel at all times, and when necessary use words.”
“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
“For it is in giving that we receive”
“while you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart”
“Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self”
Remembering St Francis Prayer of Peace we see the true meaning of why we are here in the words.
“It is in pardoning, that we
are pardoned.” and “Lord grant that I may not so much seek to be loved as to love.”
Each on of these as well as many others can be used while praying through lent to find our way in life.
Songs that have been written about Jesus suffering and death on a cross have many thoughts as well. Including the words from the song “At the foot of the cross.”
All of this… let’s us begin again
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What’s in the book: “Let’s begin again”
An introduction that tells you why the theme:
“LET us begin again….” And why these are the ideal words for a Lenten reflection.
All of the readings and Gospels from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday and the Easter Vigil mass are contained in this book.
Also included is a calendar of the readings and the days of fasting. Also a look at why we fast and pray through Lent
Available to your parish, or even yourself for a look at lent through the writings and quotes of St Francis and others.
A special addition of the Passion of Jesus, and the stations of the cross, both in common Roman Catholic form, and the Franciscan form of these rites.
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Let’s Begin Again
-a walk through
Lent with reflections from
St. Francis of Assisi
“Be merciful, O Lord for we have sinned.”
Psalm 51
A Special thanks …
When I was lost, someone showed me the way.
When all I knew was hatred, he showed me where there was love found with Jesus.
When all I knew was injury, he showed me how to pardon those I had hurt, and forgive those who had hurt me.
When all I had was doubt, about myself, and my life. He taught me faith.
When all I felt was despair, he taught me about hope.
When I only saw darkness in
my future, he showed me Jesus’ light.
And when I felt only sadness, he taught me about true joy.
He stopped me from thinking only of myself so that in my own misery I would not seek to be consoled, but console others with this website and company I found.
He taught I didn’t need to be understood, but that I needed to understand.
That not only did I need to be loved by others but I also
had to learn to love myself as well as all my brothers and sisters.
I know how from what he taught that it was in giving that I received.
It was in pardoning those who hurt me, that I was pardoned by those I hurt.
And it was in dying to self that I am born to eternal life.
My sincere thanks to you, Fr Gerry for all you taught.