I have always looked forward to the annual celebrations and preparations in the Church's calendar. They provide me with a good structure and focus at various times of the year. I am already looking forward to lent and it seems that it will be coming round very fast this year. As a Catholic, I always feel under continuous renewal, assessing and re-assessing my spiritual life which is a very special thing.
After Christmas I have had a fairly quiet time in terms of spirituality, which has been disappointing due to Christmas and advent being excellent prayerful times of spiritual renewal. I need to focus more on my prayer rather than just waiting for the next time of celebration or preparation to come along.
Lent is an amazing time of spiritual preparation and penance and to live like this constantly will be an aim of mine. The year is already going so fast and the church's calendar is something positive that helps us to structure our prayer and deepen our faith but we have to be careful that we don't forget the Lord between the important events such as lent and Christmas.
I hope that everyone has had a really blessed Christmas and that God gives people the grace to keep that Christmas joy going in prayer and charity throughout the whole year, because Jesus is not just for Christmas, he is for eternity.
In God's Love