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The days are lasting longer; energy levels seem to be on the rise, birds are chirping more. But, I think we all can agree, we should expect more snow, even a possible storm. Another season is right around the corner, our Church’s liturgical season, Lent. Another season that we are actually in is referred to as Carnival, Mardi Gras, or as us Poles say, Karnivale. Mardi Gras tends to be the day prior to Ash Wednesday. Most folks don’t realize the religious connection to Mardi Gras, Carnival, Shrove Tuesday, Fasching or whatever you want to call it. In Christian parts of the world where it is celebrated as a season, others think of it like a week or day as a giant, binge drinking day of public revelry.
May the blessing of love be on you,
Live within you and all around you.
May it be your shelter in the storming hours,
And your warming fire when chill winds blow.
As you know one of the values of the Capuchin Mission is that of “joyful service”. It may mean different things to different people, but I like what it says it means, “Respectfully addressing people’s needs, transforming all.” The Apostle Paul writes to us in 2 Corinthians 9:7, “God loves a cheerful giver.” This is one of my favorite passages of Scriptures, because it reminds us that when we give of our time, self, money or whatever, we should be happy to do it. Not grudgingly or unhappily, but pleasing God by being happy to give.
Last Friday, one of our mothers came visiting near the end of the day. After a brief conversation she asked if I could help her with a few dollars for food as her cupboard was bare. “Not a drop of food in the house.”