Sometimes the world seems simultaneously “too much” and “not enough.” You know what I mean?

It would take a different perspective to be able to both recognize and appreciate that, and not just to feel put upon.

Perhaps this approaching Lenten season will be an aid in reforming my perspective. That is, perhaps I’ll allow myself to actually experience that change.

With that in mind here’s a special Lenten prayer of St. Ephrem of Syria:
   O Lord and Master of my life, a spirit of idleness, despondency, ambition, and idle talking give me not.
   But rather a spirit of chastity, humble-mindedness, patience, and love bestow upon me Thy servant.
   Yea, O Lord King, grant me to see my failings and not condemn my brother; for blessed art Thou unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Illumination and peace!

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