Put On Some Sackcloth

Well, one week ago we got ashes.  Today, maybe we can put on some sackcloth.

Sackcloth was a very coarse material made from goat’s hair.  Wearing it as a sign of repentance meant that as long as it covered me I was afflicted and uncomfortable.

So, how about some sackcloth today? St. Benedict says that a monastic person’s life must be a continual Lent of conversion.  What would make us very uncomfortable today on our Lenten journey to remind us of our need for repentance?

Speaking a kind word to a mean person?

Skipping a meal and donating the money by hand to someone begging?

Writing a letter to an estranged family member?

Phoning a resident we do not like and asking them about their welfare?

Sitting down at the same lunch table with a Sister I do not like in community?

Going to confession?

Or, returning to the Church and celebrating the Sacraments?

Remember there is Some One greater here than you and me!  And that Some One changes our routine, because, in the end we are dust and to dust we will return.

Georgia O'Keefe Black Cross


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