Each of us need a spiritual uplift in our lives periodically. It’s so easy to get down on ourselves due to various events and circumstances in our lives. Lent, which begins this Wednesday, can be that spiritual uplift in our lives. It may seem odd to call a time of sacrifice and fasting as a spiritual uplifting, but doing without some things and after doing some extra spiritual activities, we recognize how much good is in our lives. That good comes through prayer. It is experienced through those who are active in our lives in good deeds. It is there by recognizing all that Jesus has done for us in sacrifice, reconciliation and Eucharist.

Make these next forty days our spiritual retreat and uplifting. Make time for true prayer with Jesus in some quiet moments. Get rid of some of those distractions that keep us from doing good for others. Be renewed in faith and see where it leads you.