Lent Reflection Thursday, March 26, 2015

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When Abram prostrated himself, God spoke to him. Genesis 17:3

In the Rite of Ordination, candidates for priesthood lie prostrate on the altar as a sign of total surrender to God.

During Lent, we are invited to surrender ourselves by praying, fasting, and giving alms.

But perhaps you and I might prostrate ourselves in a different way.

Is there someone you need to forgive, or someone to whom you need to confess a wrong?

How about resting on the altar of God’s mercy for a few moments?

Leave your bitterness there.

Perhaps, in the surrender, God may speak.

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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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