Today starts the forty days of self-sacrifice in remembrance of Jesus’s sacrifice for us.
And as usually, I am totally unprepared.
Several years ago, I began changing where I volunteer my time and what pursuits I follow.
At this point, I already spend a considerable time on a daily basis sacrificing my time for the benefit of others.
I spend most of my day in some form of prayer or another.
Even my writing reflects my beliefs at the most basic level.
So, what can I do that I’m not already doing?
First off, I never feel that anything I do is ever enough. How does one do enough to make up for the pain and suffering that Jesus went through so that I would have a chance at Heaven.
I know if I get there, it will be at God’s mercy. As a Secular Carmelite I made a promise to tend toward evangelical perfection in the spirit of the evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty, obedience and of the Beatitudes.
This means that I do far more than most Catholics, because I am called to.
Each day I have to work hard to fulfill those promises…especially that whole obedience thing. Some days I succeed and other days people touch my stuff and I fail miserably.
Last week, I think, I talked about changing my diet and stop eating out so much. I’m going to expand on that and make it a real sacrifice and not eat out at all, except in the direst of circumstances, as well as replace my ever present Diet Dr. Pepper with water.
I just want to tell you all that it’s been nice knowing you, but I will surely die having to eat my own cooking and drink water.
And if I make it into Heaven, I’ll save you a spot.
Happy Lent everyone.