Randy’s Rummage
As we begin this season of conversion, remember that Lent is a communal practice. While we all perform our personal works of healing, growth, conversion and sacrifice, we are ALL doing so TOGETHER. There is strength, solidarity and support in knowing that we are not alone in our Lenten practices and that our entire community is sharing in keeping Lent together.
This Tuesday at 7:00 P.M. there will be a communal celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation at St. Ephrem. If you are new to the area, St. Ephrem is 2 miles north, on Dodge Park and 17 Mile Road.
You don’t have to cook on Fridays! Come join us at our Fish Fry this Friday and every Friday of Lent. Baked and Fried Fish, Shrimp and other options are available. You may dine-in or carry out. Thanks for your patronage.
In keeping with the spirit of the season and the Jubilee Year of Mercy, throughout Lent I will be offering reflections on mercy from various writers. Hopefully you may find them edifying and worthy of some prayer and reflection in this sacred time.
“Every day and whenever you can, repeat to yourself, ‘Lord, have mercy on all who appear before you today.’ For every hour and every moment thousands of men and women leave life on this earth, and their souls appear before God. And how many of them depart in solitude, unknown, sad, dejected that no one mourns for them or even knows whether they have lived or not? Behold, from the other end of the earth, perhaps, your prayer for their rest will rise up to God, though you knew them not nor they you. How must it feel to a soul standing in dread before the Lord to sense at such an instance that for him too there is one to pray, that there is a fellow creature left on earth to love him too? God will look on you both more graciously, for if you have had pity on him, how much more will he have pity, who is infinitely more loving and merciful than you? And he will forgive him for your sake.” (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov.)