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Are you praying?

Smack in the middle of Lent:  you're feeling good about whatever you've decided to sacrifice, the Rice Bowl is getting hefty with loose change, you've even managed to get to Stations of the Cross.

Are you praying? 

Prayer, fasting and almsgiving:  the three hallmarks of Lent.  For many of us, Lent seems to be activity-driven:  we gonna do this, give up that.  But are you praying more?  All the activity in the world isn't going to us a bit of good, if it is not rooted in prayer.

Turning to the Lord God our Father almighty, from a pure heart, as far as our littleness is able, let us give him the most sincere and true thanks; praying his singular gentleness with our whole hearts, that he would be pleased at his good pleasure to hearken to our prayer;  that he would drive away the enemy from our actions and thoughts with his great power; that he would increase our faith, guide our minds, grant us spiritual thoughts and bring us to share in his own bliss.  - St. Augustine of Hippo.

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