Today is Ash Wednesday, it marked the beginning of Lent 2015. This year, I have decided to give up noise and embrace silence.
To be honest, silence is something that I have never been a fan of. Even when I was a little girl, my parents said that I used to get all our toys that made sounds… (I remember the toy TV vividly), put them all around me, sit and enjoy the noise. Apparently, I even noticed whenever someone turned off one of my devices. I am pretty sure that I would have screamed and wailed to make up for the lack of entertainment (noise).
The last months of 2014 were rough but praise God for helping me get through. I started this year on a very high note and I must admit I am starting to fall from that. From Friday to Sunday this past weekend, two of my friends lost their dads (one was a step-dad). They’re both international students and the last time one of my friends and his/her dad met was when my friend was coming over to Vancouver for school. Honestly, this made me really scared..and I know I shouldn’t be.In January when I went to prayer meeting and I asked for prayers for my parents and family. The person praying said that she could see that I was too worried and I am too young. Lol. She also said that I should stop worrying and put my trust in the Lord. Anyways, to put aside my thoughts on worrying, I have drowned myself in work, noise and busyness. That’s why this Lent, I have decided to embrace my fears and face silence.
My teacher says that all successful people write down their goals. I have done so and I will share. In achieving this, I shall
1. Attend all my classes early and faithfully
2. Do my assignments diligently and offer them up
2. Daily 1 hr prayer and meditation
3. A decade of the rosary ( and pray for street ministry women)
4. 54 Day Rosary novena and Consecration to mama Mary from 20th February
5. No Facebook, instagram, Twitter or YouTube (except for gospel songs).
6. Adoration and or mass if possible.
7. No gossiping or allowing myself to be irritated by people especially my beloved club.
8. Journaling and posting daily on my blog
9. Poverty, chastity and obedience.
10. Try my best to spend maximum of 30 dollars from Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday
I will also share some of my reflections from my mediations.
Ash Wednesday reflection with the saints.
The qualities of your favorite saint and how you can apply them to your life:
Saint Anthony’s qualities
-Trusted in the Lord wholeheartedly.
-Making the best of each situation that came his way.
-Praying, reading scripture
-Serving the Lord in poverty, chastity and obedience.
Jeremiah 29:13 – You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Comment that I found online and I love so much:
Anthony should be the patron of those who find their lives completely uprooted and set in a new and unexpected direction. Like all saints, he is a perfect example of turning one’s life completely over to Christ. God did with Anthony as God pleased—and what God pleased was a life of spiritual power and brilliance that still attracts admiration today. He whom popular devotion has nominated as finder of lost objects found himself by losing himself totally to the providence of God.
Reflection with Pope Francis:
What areas of my life needs conversion this lent:
My spiritual growth. I need to be open to silence, meditation,prayer and the Scriptures.
I need to grow in emotional purity and chastity
I need to get over myself and get with Jesus. To trust and obey for there is no other way.
Poverty of spirit and in life
In the silence of the heart You speak
And it is there that I will know You
And You will know me