April 23, 2014: 50 Days of Celebration

~ by Mary Galvano

This past Lent has one of moving thoughts and inspirations for me. I never thought I would be converted in the ways I was. Lent never fails to surprise me. I plan to do one thing and God gives me another thing instead to help me get closer to Him throughout the Lenten journey. At the end of my journey Pope Francis summed it all up in his homily at the Easter Vigil Mass in Rome. “Go back to your Galilee,” he said. That is exactly what happened.

Looking back at the past 40 days I was able to go back to different places in time where I first encountered Jesus. I know there is always that initial place, but I believe we can have many “first-encounters” with Jesus. Through daily reflections I was able to recall moments of complete joy in the Lord and in other times complete sorrow only to find I was wrapped in His arms of love.

I, also, learned this Lent about the importance of having a mellow heart and spirit. It is just as important to have mellowness of heart and spirit, as it is to pray, to fast, to do penance and keep the Ten Commandments.

Gustavo Gutierrez, the father of liberation theology, suggests that to have a healthy spirituality, we must feed our souls in three ways: through prayer, both private and communal; through the practice of justice; and through having those things in our lives (good friendships, wine-drinking, creativity, and healthy leisure) that helps keep the soul mellow and grateful.

Our task as Christians is to transform the world through love and justice, but we will not succeed in this if our actions issue forth from anger or guilt. Only one kind of person transforms the world spiritually, someone with a grateful heart. Just like the parable of the Prodigal Son we are to have the compassion of the father.

Having a heart and spirit that is mellow helps us to celebrate once in a while. Celebration is a part of being a Christian. We just went through Lent a time of reflection, fasting and abstinence. Now it is Easter a time of great celebration. There are 50 days of celebration in the Easter season! Celebrate! It is essential to a full spiritual life.


Mary Galvano-Bajohr is a singer/songwriter, LPGA golf instructor, speaker and author. On the golf course she is a dedicated professional, but go to a Yankee game, a Pro-life event or other venue and you just might see her step up to the microphone and sing the National Anthem or the Ave Maria.

Visit Mary’s website at www.marygalvano.com.

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