ĎConsult not your fears but your hopes and dreams. Think not about your frustrations but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in but with what is still possible for you to do.í ~Pope John 23rd

It is a long time since daffodils have failed to flower early in March. They are weeks behind schedule because of the harsh winter, snow and bitter frosts. Even out in the countryside fields are brown and burnt from the harsh conditions. A rise in temperature will be much appreciated by gardeners and farmers. Lent can be translated as springtime. If we use the image of heat then itís fair to say that spiritually there are parts of our lives that feel frozen. Lent is about a thaw, allowing God to penetrate what is frozen, allowing in Godís blessings, warmth and allowing God to nourish our spiritual side. We so often put the focus on our failures. Lent is recognising that failures need not be limiting, but instead, to allow them help us achieve all that is possible.
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