Lent Day 4: Falling In Love With The Process

As with many others of my generation, I am an Instagram addict. I was browsing my feed and saw this quote:

Typography by me. Background credit to @texturegraphy on Instagram.

Typography by me. Background credit to @texturegraphy on Instagram.

I’m the kind of person who loves the end results more than the process of getting there, but as soon as I saw this quote I immediately thought about Lent and all that happens during the season.

People begin Lent with an end goal in mind. Ideally, most people start with the hopes of becoming better by the time Easter comes around than how they were when Lent started. Some overzealous Christians and Catholics try to push themselves to extremes in the hopes of making the best sacrifice. Then there’s the other extreme of people treating Lent like a 12-step program and give up a small thing without really thinking much of it. They become too focused on the sacrifices they make to remember what Lent is really about: having a closer relationship with God.

Catholic Contrast goes into detail about these extremes on his video:

Lent isn’t a 12-step program or a time to go to extremes in God’s name. Lent is supposed to be a time of balance, or at least regaining that sense of balance. It’s also a time of process. And like with all processes, we won’t see the results right away. But have faith that the results will come. Til then, use Lent as a time to ask God to help you regain a sense of balance, to grow deeper in your faith, and to fall deeper in love with God Himself.

My Year In Photos: January

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This picture is more than just a picture of a door. The day before my birthday, I was in Austin. I was helping my brother move back into his dorm room, but I also paid a visit to an order of sisters. Specifically, the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.

I first saw these sisters while I was at Mass with my family. We were celebrating Mass in Buda, TX and I saw these sisters (not the ones I met, but another group of sisters from the same order staying in Buda) sitting towards the front. It was basically the equivalent of a celebrity sighting for me.

They made me feel very welcome. I prayed vespers on the vigil of my birthday and made small talk, talking to these sisters about my path of discernment.

I’m really glad that I had the opportunity to pray with these wonderful women. I just forgot to get a picture with them. But in a way, I like this picture more because it represents a new beginning.

The month of January had a lot of other wonderful things. I saw Frozen, finally got my diploma from my alma mater and started taking pictures as part of my 365grateful challenge. But it was also a month where I really had to persevere and keep my goals in mind. Most people who make New Year’s resolutions end up not keeping them and I really struggled to make sure that I kept at least a few of them. Right now, I think the only resolution I ended up keeping was taking a picture every day. But hey, that’s one resolution kept and by the standards of Bridget Jones’s Diary, that makes my year very good indeed.