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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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Crossing Guard

I saw you
today
as you guided
your little man across that busy street.

You were wearing some
big man boots
and
watching cars and lights.

Your little man had on
black sneakers and
a Mickey Mouse hat
that bounced
as he walked.

He wasn't watching nothing but
your big man boots
and
the white stripes of the crosswalk.

Just before
he got to the sidewalk again,
his step bounced a bit
- he hopped over
a spot where the asphalt broke.

You turned to look,
holding out a hand to
your little man.
Not rushed or angry,
just making sure
he got up
on that sidewalk.

Then you walked on,
in your big man boots,
face into a cold Michigan wind,
with the little man behind,
his hat bouncing.