Lenten Day of Prayer: Lenten Tears

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Several years ago in his Ash Wednesday homily Pope Francis encouraged Catholics to ask God for “the gift of tears in order to make our prayer and our journey of conversion more authentic and without hypocrisy.”  Washington Irving tells us “There is a sacredness in tears.  They are not a mark of weakness, but of power.  They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues.  They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition and of unspeakable love.” The fact that tears may be caused by such a varied range of emotions make it an awesome and cleansing phenomenon in our experiences.  When we are “in tears,” we allow our most vulnerable self to be visible.  In the gospels we see Jesus cry at the death of Lazarus (John 11) and over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41) and the tears of Mary Magdalene (John 20) bring her face to face with the risen Lord.  So what brings you to tears these days?  Come and spend some time listening to those messengers – of grief, of contrition, of love.  Come and see that the tears of Lent are life-giving tears.

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Several years ago in his Ash Wednesday homily Pope Francis encouraged Catholics to ask God for “the gift of tears in order to make our prayer and our journey of conversion more authentic and without hypocrisy.”  Washington Irving tells us “There is a sacredness in tears.  They are not a mark of weakness, but of power.  They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues.  They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition and of unspeakable love.” The fact that tears may be caused by such a varied range of emotions make it an awesome and cleansing phenomenon in our experiences.  When we are “in tears,” we allow our most vulnerable self to be visible.  In the gospels we see Jesus cry at the death of Lazarus (John 11) and over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41) and the tears of Mary Magdalene (John 20) bring her face to face with the risen Lord.  So what brings you to tears these days?  Come and spend some time listening to those messengers – of grief, of contrition, of love.  Come and see that the tears of Lent are life-giving tears.

Julia Keegan, OSF, a Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia, is an associate staff member at the Franciscan Spiritual Center. Her ministry includes authoring the Center’s Blog, overseeing the website and other electronic social networks, giving retreats, doing spiritual direction and offering workshops on gratitude, Franciscan theology, and evolutionary spirituality. She has extensive professional experience in health care, nursing education, ethics, development, and has been involved in offering programs at parishes and health care institutions

Event Details

Date: March 06, 2023

Start time: 10:00 a.m.

End time: 03:00 p.m.

Venue: Franciscan Spiritual Center