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Dear Friends in Christ,
Let's begin our 40 days of Lent by increasing our prayer time.
During these forty days time of Lent
give me strength to turn away from worldliness
and lift my our eyes to You.
Grant me the required discipline
to make a daily commitment to drawing closer to You.
Help me recognize the many opportunities that you offer to me
to draw ever closer to You each day.
Help me remove myself from my busy-ness
in order to spend time with You.
Help me turn off the noise around me
so I can listen to You.
In its place, lead me to Your Word
in Sacred Scripture, art, and music.
Lord, let me never forget Your suffering and Passion
and what you sacrificed for my salvation.
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God of all compassion, Father of all goodness,
to heal the wounds our sins and selfishness bring upon us,
you bid us turn to fasting, prayer, and sharing
with our brothers and sisters.
We acknowledge our sinfulness, our guilt is ever before us:
when our weakness causes discouragement,
let your compassion fill us with hope and
lead us through a Lent of repentance to the beauty of Easter joy.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
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You have given us this season of Lent
so that we might open ourselves more fully
to your saving grace and new life.
By our fasting, prayer and almsgiving,
may we realize anew that we rely on You in all things.
Your gift of grace makes all good things possible,
including our desire to reject sin and return to you.
Grant your people a spirit of reconciliation this Lent
so that we may forgive one another as you have forgiven us.
3rd prayer re-printed with permission from "Catholic Mom in Hawaii"
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