Preparing for Lent

Ash Cross The famous prayer of Blessed John Henry Newman provides us with a way into understanding what Lent is about.

He wrote:

God created me to do Him some definite service.
He has committed some work to me,
which He has not committed to another.
I have a mission.
I am a link in a chain,
a bond of connection between persons.

Therefore I will trust Him.
Whatever I am, I can never be thrown away.
If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him;
if I am perplexed, my perplexity may serve Him;
if I am in joy, my joy may serve Him;
if I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve him.
He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about.

Our Lent is for doing good: in all the circumstances of our lives, doing good.

  • What good might you do next?

Cardinal Newman was beatified in 2010, when Pope Benedict visited Birmingham. See pictures of the visit here, here and here. And read more about it here.