Thursday after Ash Wednesday

Today’s reading challenges us to counter the societal trend to pursue success and power as a means of achieving happiness. Instead we are encouraged to accept our need to embrace the true happiness that follows Jesus’ path to the cross. It sounds like an ominous endeavor. St Thérèse of Lisieux teaches us that starting small is the answer.

There is one ONLY THING to do here below: to love Jesus, to win souls for Him so that He may be loved. Let us seize with jealous care every least opportunity of self sacrifice. Let us refuse Him nothing – He does so want our love! Thérèse of Lisieux – VI letter to her sister Celine

Thérèse’ sacrifices were not big according to human standards, but the love that was expressed was without measure. What are those simple sacrifices in our lives that could lead us to greater love?
… hold one’s tongue when words or actions are misinterpreted.
…picking up the messes left by another without complaining.
…refraining from spreading the latest “did you hear.”
…think only good things about another as a daily practice.
Are these difficult enough for a Lenten practice.? What does your heart say?


  1. Ginatusing

    This was written just for me! Hold my tongue, clean up the mess without complaining, ignore all that gossip, think good of others -these are truly my Lenten journey. Is it difficult enough? Oh my yes! They sound easy enough but sometimes we’re bombarded with little trials all day long. This is my year to make these little efforts stick for life, not just for 40 days.

    • srmarilynw

      Needless to say it is so easy to take on something more tangible like giving up some food item. But for me something like thinking good things about others all the time is very hard. But it sure makes transformation possible.