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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The season of Lent... a message from Dixie...


Lent is a season of soul-searching and repentance. It is a season for reflection and taking stock. Lent originated in the very earliest days of the Church as a preparatory time for Easter, when the faithful rededicated themselves and when converts were instructed in the faith and prepared for baptism. By observing the forty days of Lent, the individual Christian imitates Jesus’ withdrawal into the wilderness for forty days. All churches that have a continuous history extending before AD 1500 observe Lent.

As I am a Catholic, I observe Lent. Our Parish Priest encourages us to observe Lent by both giving up something (indulgences) and doing something for others (kindnesses). Each year, I try to do both. Another factor of the "giving up" during Lent, is that it is not appropriate to advertise to others what it is that you are giving up. It tends to diminish the purpose and to give adoration to oneself. I hope this post does neither...

Since I'm an avid blog poster, I thought it only fair to let you know that I'm reducing my blogging time to make way for other, more spiritual endevors that I've allowed to go by the wayside. I'll be here posting on Wordless Wednesday, and will continue to post weekly at my other blog, "So, God... Are You Listening?" Please feel free to comment here at anytime for either blog. See you on Wednesdays, Sundays and here and there until Easter. Have a blessed 40 Days of Lent.


See you soon down here in French Lique... Dixie

25 comments:

Linda said...

Thanks, a gentle reminder of what's really important!!! Linda

Jill said...

Great post and it really showed us what your true values are. :)

Deb said...

Dixie,

Thank you for sharing with us, I'm really glad you did. Look forward to your posts.

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Will keep an eye out for your post and look forward to your return Easter.

xinex said...

Now that's what I really call a real self denial! Thanks for the reminder. Did you get your ashes yesterday?...Christine

Marie said...

My local priest will be proud of you! I'm a catholic myself and because of your post, it seals my choice of giving up a guilty pleasure for the next 40 days.

By the way, thanks for leaving me a comment!
-marie @ mariesmarche

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Peace be with you, Dixie.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

How wonderful that you have your priorities in such good order. I need to take stock and get mine in order. Thanks for the reminder. laurie

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

Great post.

Smilingsal said...

I hope that during this time of Lent, you will grow closer to the Lord.

prof en retraite said...

Hi Dixie...Thank you for sharing your beliefs with us. We certainly respect your observance of Lent and look forward to hearing from you on Wednesdays! Hugs...Debbie

Judanna said...

Dixie, thanks for sharing and standing for what you belief in.
May God put a blessing upon you.
Judanna

Heidi Pocketbook said...

Good post--and I love the picture! See you next Wednesday☺

cottage farm villa (cottagecharm) said...

Dixie, this is a beautiful post with a lovely picture. As always, I am looking forward to your weekly post on your other blog.

~Cheryl xo

Chris said...

I had to come to this same realization a couple a weeks ago. You probably noticed Worth a Thousand Words is no longer. Gotta go where He wants us to.

Barbara said...

DIXIE, I am also a Catholic and posted about Lent, etc. Thanks for the Texas and Cowgirl buttons. I have a good one to put on mine, which you are welcome to when I get it on there.

cottage farm villa (cottagecharm) said...

Dixie, A beautiful post about prayers on ...God, are you listening. I love to read your thoughts. Thank you for sharing.

Hugs, Cheryl

Charlotte said...

Hi Dixie,
I have never been associated with a church that observed Lent but I can see it can be a good thing. I think your Priest's advice is good. I read your spiritual blog and thought it was very good. I'm glad you are sharing with us on Spiritual Sundays.
Blessings,
Charlotte

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Dixie, what a beautiful post..I believe God is listening.. I'm sorry I'm so late in getting back around.. and look at when I could here you posted this.. a reason for everything huh? Life got in the way big time at our place.. it was a bit scary there for a couple of days or so,, but I think things are finall starting to level out.. I know you'll have us in your prayers.. a person can never have too many of those... With God's grace and His gentle hand... I'll look forward to your Wed. post...hugs ~lynne~

The Muse said...

I enjoyed reading your insightful post :) I feel that this time "Lent" is something that can be shared in all our lives :)

Chris said...

Just got back from So, God... Some great stuff you posted. Gonna miss Mr. Harvey.

~CC Catherine said...

Dixie, Sounds like we're all getting a healthy perspective of the balance needed in Blog Land. Many of us have been talking about this just this week! I too am slowing down my participation., but will remain with you on Wordless Wednesdays! I also keep another blog., http://www.stayintheday.blogspot.com It was my first one, and I still post...the Blog was God inspired and I only post on it when I feel led too...so different from my teacup blog. ;) To avoid confusion since I mostly visit from my teacup blog., I don't show the Stay In The Day blog under my profile. But, that one is also more freeing... You be blessed...and I will always come back to visit me lady, whether you post daily......once a week...or once a month... ;) ~CC Catherine

debbie said...

DIXIE,
THATS EXACTLY WHAT I LOVE ABOUT YOU....YOUR HEART IS BEAUTIFUL INSIDE AND OUT.
BLESSINGS
SURELY GOODNESS AND MERCY SHALL FOLLOW YOU ALL THE DAYS OF YOUR LIFE!!!
debbie

trash talk said...

Dixie, Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your prayers and concern.

You really do walk the talk and are a beautiful example to the rest of us. God bless you.

Debbie

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I like your blog!

Those little strawberries are darling!

Katherine

I'm Catholic too!