Don Devaney - a deacon from the Dublin archdiocese - shared some thoughts about lent with us on this week's programme.
He reflected on how Lent is a time to take an honest look at our lives and see what and where we need to change in order be the people God wants us to be. Don suggested we could ask our friends to help us identify areas where we annoy and upset others with our behavior, assuring them that what is shared is done in a safe place and will be taken in the spirit of continued friendship. Total honesty with ourselves as we journey in Lent will ensure we learn and grow as we need. Forgiving ourselves for the times we have messed up and starting again to gradually accept God's mercy will help us to come closer to living our lives in the presence the Lord. If we do struggle with our Lenten commitments, then we need only ask the Holy Spirit to give us the grace to start again. Prayer and making space to be with the Lord is necessary as continue our Journey in Lent and and for the rest of our lives