Week 2 Of Lent

 Father of light, in you is found no shadow of change but only the fullness of life and limitless truth. Open our heart to the voice of Your Word and free us from the original darkness that shadows our vision. Restore our sight that we may look upon your Son who calls us to repentance and a change of heart, for he lives and reigns with you for ever and ever.    Website:  www.loredohands.com  Office:  (972)939-4974   LOREDO HAND CARE INSTITUTE, Dr. Pedro Loredo, hand surgeon, Bedford, Colleyville, Euless, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Haltom City, Hurst, North Richland Hills, Southlake, Keller, Roanoak, Westlake, Trophy Club, Haslet, Arlington, Richland Hills, Haltom City, Irving, Las Colinas, Dallas,  Grand Prairie, Saginaw, Melody Hills, Lake Worth

Father of light,
in you is found no shadow of change but only the fullness of life and limitless truth.
Open our heart to the voice of Your Word and free us from the original darkness that shadows our vision.
Restore our sight that we may look upon your Son who calls us to repentance and a change of heart, for he lives and reigns with you for ever and ever.

  Website:  www.loredohands.com  Office:  (972)939-4974   LOREDO HAND CARE INSTITUTE, Dr. Pedro Loredo, hand surgeon, Bedford, Colleyville, Euless, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Haltom City, Hurst, North Richland Hills, Southlake, Keller, Roanoak, Westlake, Trophy Club, Haslet, Arlington, Richland Hills, Haltom City, Irving, Las Colinas, Dallas,  Grand Prairie, Saginaw, Melody Hills, Lake Worth

Reflection

LENT: A TIME FOR FORGIVENESS AND RECONCILIATION

By Jennifer Jordan

Lent is a time for forgiveness and reconciliation. An acquaintance of mine recently shared an experience that shows the beauty reconciliation can bring. Mrs. Winston's story begins with an automobile accident that nearly claimed the life of her 35-year-old son, Robert.

After seven weeks of daily visits to the hospital and many "life and death" complications, it looked as if Robert was going to survive. Despite the hardship, Mrs. Winston, a gentle, spiritual woman, was quick to be positive about her situation. She believed in the power of prayer and was confident God was healing her son. "The doctors, the nurses--they were the Lord's instruments, and they were good instruments," she said. "The people at the hospital were all as nice as they could be," she said. Then with hesitation, she added, "except for a problem I had with one nurse." She continued to explain the incident. Robert had been in the hospital a long time, and his mother was hoping he could leave to attend their family reunion. "Well, I asked this nurse about it, and she just blew up at me," she said. "The nurse called my request 'unreasonable,' and said there was 'no way' the doctors would approve it." Mrs. Winston, a soft-spoken woman in her 60s, was shocked and hurt by the woman's cold response. "I couldn't understand why she was so nasty," she said. Another nurse who witnessed the encounter added, "Ignore her, she's just temperamental."

When Mrs. Winston went home, she couldn't forget the incident. She returned to the hospital the next day and the same nurse was in her son's room. She called her aside and said to her, "I think a great deal of you and the other nurses here." She then went a step further. "I don't think I have ever done anything to hurt you or offend you. But, if I have, I apologize." She continued to tell the nurse that she didn't understand what provoked her angry tone. "I hugged her and told her how much we appreciated her work with Robert." "Well, she just melted," Mrs. Winston said in her soft southern voice. "It seems she was going through some hard times, and it hadn't been a good day." As I listened to her story, I thought about how others might respond to the rude nurse. Some might report the incident to the woman's supervisor; some might reply in the same tone the nurse used; and, some might vindictively walk away and wish the woman a flat tire on her way home. Then, there are rare souls--such as Mrs. Winston--people who inspire us to reach for the Christ within us and to treat others with love and compassion. I reflected on her wonderful example. She put aside her anger and pride and offered forgiveness. Christ invites each of us to reconcile with those who hurt or disappoint us. It is a call to forgive the stranger who cuts you off in traffic; the family member who has been a bit "too honest"; and, the ex-spouse who may continue to drive you crazy.

After Mrs. Winston left my home I wondered why this acquaintance had shared such a personal story. She had come to my home on business --to repair my washing machine. Then, as I reflected on it, I knew why our paths had crossed. She was bringing a wonderful example of how to deal with hurt in our lives. This Lent, take the big step. Surrender any "eye for an eye" notions and pray for help in learning to love and forgive the way our Lord taught us.

Lenten Question

Q: Is the custom of giving up something for Lent mandatory?
A: No. However, it is a salutary custom, and parents or caretakers may choose to require it of their children to encourage their spiritual training, which is their prime responsibility in the raising of their children.

Lenten Action

Wear a cross or other religious article; you will be surprised how many times this will start a conversation about your faith.

 

Week 1 Of Lent

 "I assure you, as often as you did it for one of my least brothers, you did it for me." (Matthew 25:40) LOREDO HAND CARE INSTITUTE, Dr. Pedro Loredo, hand surgeon,   www.loredohands.com, 972-939-4974  Bedford, Colleyville, Euless, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Haltom City, Hurst, North Richland Hills, Southlake, Keller, Roanoak, Westlake, Trophy Club, Haslet, Arlington, Richland Hills, Haltom City, Irving, Las Colinas, Dallas,  Grand Prairie, Saginaw, Melody Hills, Lake Worth

"I assure you, as often as you did it for one of my least brothers, you did it for me." (Matthew 25:40)
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Reflection

It is not enough for us to say: "I love God," but I also have to love my neighbor.
St. John says that you are a liar if you say you love God and you don't love your neighbor. How can you love God whom you do not see, if you do not love your neighbor whom you see, whom you touch, with whom you live? And so it is very important for us to realize that love, to be true, has to hurt. I must be willing to give whatever it takes not to harm other people and, in fact, to do good to them. This requires that I be willing to give until it hurts. Otherwise, there is not true love in me and I bring injustice, not peace, to those around me. It hurt Jesus to love us. We have been created in His image for greater things, to love and to be loved. We must "put on Christ" as Scripture tells us. And so, we have been created to love as He loves us. Jesus makes Himself the hungry one, the naked one, the homeless one, the unwanted one, and He says, "You did it to Me." On the last day He will say to those on His right, "whatever you did to the least of these, you did to Me, and He will also say to those on His left, whatever you neglected to do for the least of these, you neglected to do it for Me."
When He was dying on the Cross, Jesus said, "I thirst." Jesus is thirsting for our love, and this is the thirst of everyone, poor and rich alike. We all thirst for the love of others, that they go out of their way to avoid harming us and to do good to us. This is the meaning of true love, to give until it hurts
...Mother Teresa

Lenten Question

Q: Is there a biblical basis for abstaining from meat as a sign of repentance?
A: Yes. The book of Daniel states: "In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia... 'I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.'" (Daniel 10:1-3)

Lenten Action

Give a donation to charity.

Prayer

Healer of body and soul, cure the sickness in my spirit so that I may grow in holiness through your constant care. Amen
 

Week Of Ash Wednesday

 Lenten Action:  Think of a person with whom you have a strained relationship and make some gesture toward improving that relationship.  www.loredohands.com, Office 972-939-4974, Dr. Pedro Loredo, Hand Surgeon, Dallas, Fort Worth, Hurst, Euless, Bedford, Colleyville, Southlake, Keller, North Richland Hills, Irving, Los Colinas

Lenten Action:  Think of a person with whom you have a strained relationship and make some gesture toward improving that relationship.  www.loredohands.com, Office 972-939-4974, Dr. Pedro Loredo, Hand Surgeon, Dallas, Fort Worth, Hurst, Euless, Bedford, Colleyville, Southlake, Keller, North Richland Hills, Irving, Los Colinas

Reflection

What to Give Up...
Give up complaining... focus on gratitude
Give up pessimism... become an optimist
Give up harsh judgments... think kindly thoughts
Give up worry... trust Divine Providence
Give up discouragement... be full of hope
Give up bitterness... turn to forgiveness
Give up hatred... return good for evil
Give up negativism... be positive
Give up anger... be more patient
Give up pettiness... become mature
Give up gloom... enjoy the beauty that is all around you
Give up jealousy... pray for trust
Give up gossiping... control your tongue
Give up sin... turn to virtue
Give up giving up... hang in there!

Lenten Question

Q: Why are the forty days called Lent?
A: They are called Lent because that is the Old English word for spring, the season of the year during which they fall. This is something unique to English. In almost all other languages its name is a derivative of the Latin term, or "the forty days."

Prayer

Direct our actions, Lord, by your holy inspiration and carry them forward by your gracious help, that all our works may begin in you and by you be happily ended.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.
Amen.

Ash Wednesday

 In the Roman Catholic Church, Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, the season of preparation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday.    LOREDO HAND CARE INSTITUTE, Dr. Pedro Loredo, hand surgeon,   www.loredohands.com, 972-939-4974  Bedford, Colleyville, Euless, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Haltom City, Hurst, North Richland Hills, Southlake, Keller, Roanoak, Westlake, Trophy Club, Haslet, Arlington, Richland Hills, Haltom City, Irving, Las Colinas, Dallas,  Grand Prairie, Saginaw, Melody Hills, Lake Worth

In the Roman Catholic Church, Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, the season of preparation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. 

 LOREDO HAND CARE INSTITUTE, Dr. Pedro Loredo, hand surgeon,   www.loredohands.com, 972-939-4974  Bedford, Colleyville, Euless, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Haltom City, Hurst, North Richland Hills, Southlake, Keller, Roanoak, Westlake, Trophy Club, Haslet, Arlington, Richland Hills, Haltom City, Irving, Las Colinas, Dallas,  Grand Prairie, Saginaw, Melody Hills, Lake Worth

“Excuse me, you’ve got some dirt on your head.”

Every year someone says that to me on Ash Wednesday. Maybe it has happened to you too. In the past it used to frustrate me, but in recent years I have come to see it as a great opportunity to evangelize, to share with someone about the most important person in my life: Jesus Christ.

God formed Adam out of the ‘dust’ of the earth, which we read about in Genesis 2:7. In addition, Jesus healed the blind man with clay (earth and spit) in John 9:6. We mark ourselves with ashes as a ‘new beginning’ at the onset of Lent, allowing the life of Jesus Christ to make us whole and new again.

Heal Me, O Lord

 Our Lord is here to heal you.  Will you let him.    Loredo Hand Care Institute, Dr. Pedro Loredo, Hand Surgeon, www.loredohands.com , Office 972-939-4974, Bedford, Colleyville, Euless, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Haltom City, Hurst, North Richland Hills, Southlake, Keller, Roanoak, Westlake, Trophy Club, Haslet, Arlington, Richland Hills, Haltom City, Irving, Las Colinas, Dallas,  Grand Prairie, Saginaw, Melody Hills, Lake Worth

Our Lord is here to heal you.  Will you let him. 

Loredo Hand Care Institute, Dr. Pedro Loredo, Hand Surgeon, www.loredohands.com , Office 972-939-4974, Bedford, Colleyville, Euless, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Haltom City, Hurst, North Richland Hills, Southlake, Keller, Roanoak, Westlake, Trophy Club, Haslet, Arlington, Richland Hills, Haltom City, Irving, Las Colinas, Dallas,  Grand Prairie, Saginaw, Melody Hills, Lake Worth

 

"Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven." ~ James 5:14-15