Recently I stumbled upon a quote that seems very appropriate as we begin Lent. Lent is a holy time to follow Jesus Crucified by our prayer and sacrifice. I believe that this quote is from Cassian and goes something like this,
"Just as water extinguishes fire, so too alms extinguish sin!"
This has been a particularly good Lenten meditation. During Lent we each strive to root out vice and grow in virtue, in a word to become more Christ-like.
We seek to die to sin that we may have life in Christ Jesus! One great Lenten practice is to give alms to those less fortunate and those in need, so isn't it beautiful to think that by our alms-giving we are able to root out sin!
As you know, we are one of those causes most in need of each dollar we receive to house this growing community of Carmelite monks. Throughout these days of Lent, as we journey with Jesus to Calvary, we ask for your continued generosity, so necessary to continue funding the blue-prints and the installation of infra-structure to the building site.
By our alms, we request the prayers of these holy monks in a special way and we can be certain that they will ask our Lady of Mount Carmel and her Divine Son to obtain for us and for those we love the graces of conversion. If your families are like ours, there is certainly someone in need of deeper conversion this Lent, maybe even yourself.
Consider making a gift to help the monastery continuing growing, so that you may share more powerfully in the grace of the Carmelite life and watch the miracles happen! God love you and grant you his peace during these days as we prepare for Easter!