One-Minute Meditations and Prayers

Not the old life. When Jesus rose from the dead, he didn’t just resume his old life; he was given a new and glorious life. That is what awaits all those who follow him.

Ashes to ashes. To ancient Jews, wearing sackcloth and sitting in ashes showed repentance and humility, and acted as penance too. Today, wearing the ashes of Ash Wednesday is meant to show our repentance but also acts as a witness of our faith. Take the opportunity to explain the practice when others ask why you wear ashes.

Try forgiveness. The advice, “forgive and forget” isn’t easy to follow. Forgiveness means letting go of your anger so you are free to heal. Do you need to forgive anyone? Pray for the grace to forgive as God forgives you: freely, totally, and quickly. “He who knows how to forgive prepares for himself many graces from God. As often as I look upon the cross, so often will I forgive with all my heart.” St. Faustina

A prayer for Lent. “God of all mercy and steadfast love, we do not always live the way you want us to. Forgive us. Help us during this season of Lent to examine how we can be more faithful followers of Jesus Christ, your son.
Guide us in our pilgrimage of discipleship. May our words and actions truly reflect your will for us. Amen.”  - The Essential Catholic Prayer Book, Liguori Publications