Lent Reflection Friday, Feb. 27

ATT00002…leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift…

Matthew 5:24

Like so many children with Downs syndrome, my daughter, Sarah, struggled with her weight.  As a family, we were always trying to help her make good food choices.   When Sarah was a teenager, her two sisters made her a food chart with stickers of broccoli, carrots, and lettuce.  Every time Sarah ate a vegetable, we’d all clap and cheer.

But one night, around midnight, I heard the sound of cupboard doors opening in the kitchen.  When I came down the stairs, I saw Sarah sitting at the table, eating a package of Swiss Cake Rolls.

With her mouth full, she mumbled:  “Mom, Will you forgive me?”

Did Sarah sneak the treats again and again?  Of course.

But with great humility, she always asked for mercy.

Perhaps this Lent finds you in need of forgiveness.  Or maybe you need to forgive someone who has hurt you deeply.

God will meet you, with open arms, in the sacrament of Reconciliation.   Don’t worry if it’s been awhile since you’ve gone to confession.   God’s mercy is yours for the asking.

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Nancy Jo Sullivan

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Nancy Jo Sullivan is an inspirational author and speaker. She has published with Random House, Guideposts, Readers Digest, and the Huffington Post. Her newest book, Small Mercies, was recently released by Loyola Press. In the book, she writes about God’s presence in motherhood, family, and love. Through poignant reflections, she recalls how she found God even in her darkest moments, especially in the months that followed the death of her daughter with Down’s syndrome. She reminds the reader that God is present in “every mess, burden, and blessing.” The mother of two grown daughters, Nancy Jo resides in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She loves hanging out with her daughters, teaching writing classes to kids with special needs, jogging, making spinach smoothies, and of course, writing about her imperfect life.

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