Lord, as we enter into Lent
may we strive each day
to deepen our friendship with you
so as to make this a time of your grace,
a season of your favor.
Deepen in us a desire to please you,
to overcome things that hinder us
from lifting our minds and hearts to you.
May these precious days of Lent
not be wasted.
Help us to clear away the things
that keep the goodness of your love
from shining down on us,
so we can grow in friendship with you,
with the warmth of your love,
just like new blossom springing forth
under the warmth of the sun. Amen.
Source: From Fasting to Feasting, a prayer booklet by Fr. Patrick Sayles, SSC