March 20, 2014: A Time of Re-evaluation

~ by Mary Galvano

Now that we have gotten through the first two weeks of Lent, it is a good time to re-evaluate our Lenten journey and our Sacramental promises. Take a look at what has happened so far…are there any changes that need to be made?

Would it appear that maybe God has a different plan? Is what you decided to give up enough for spiritual growth and change? Most importantly, does it bring you into a closer relationship with God?

No matter what the outcome, we all need to continue to examine our lives to see if we are on the right path to God. One of the hardest things we can do is to give up something we “think” we can’t live without, even if it is for only a short while. We live in a society of want. It seems there is always something we want or can’t live without and when we get it we only want more. But, practicing self-control is a common principle of a saint. Without self-control we are incapable of delaying gratification. There is no personal success whether it is on a religious standpoint or a secular standpoint without delaying gratification.

If you want to practice self-control and create a stronger mind and more resolute will, practice delaying gratification throughout the day. Then, look around at what God has already given you in your life. Maybe all that you want you already have!

Another thing to look at through your Lenten journey is if what you are doing is helping you to live in the best way possible to become the best version of yourself. In other words are you living a virtuous life? It is far better to live with virtue than without. The number one virtue is perseverance. In the fifth Glorious Mystery of the Rosary (The Coronation) we ask for the virtue of perseverance. Perseverance keeps us from being lazy- a true sin.

Let’s look again at our lives during this time and see if there is at least one virtue we can work on. Just pick one! What virtue would you want to improve on? Think of it this way-would you prefer to be patient or impatient? Would you prefer to be generous or self-serving? Would you prefer being honest or dishonest? Would you rather have courage or be cowardly? Are you someone who keeps promises or who breaks promises? Are you organized or is your life chaos? Hopefully we all want to be the better of the two.

Keep in mind everyone has his or her own unique Lenten journey. Everyone’s relationship with God is personal. We are each going to have different things to work on at different times in our lives. Pray to the Holy Spirit to fill you with the desire and answers of what you need to do to make this Lenten journey the best ever.

God bless you, and have a happy journey!

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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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