March 14, 2011

The Lenten frugality is interspersed with various feastdays. We celebrate the feast of St. David, March 1st, patron saint of Wales (whose emblem is the daffodil); St. Patrick, March 17th, patron saint of Ireland, (the shamrock); and St. Joseph, March 19th (the lily).


Feastday! Special moments of grace
within the penitential season.
We celebrate lives wonderfully lived,
people who have used your gifts well.

Yet, Lord, I can feel so inadequate
when I contemplate the lives of saints!
I know they’re meant to encourage us,
inspire us, not put us off following you!

Lord, this Lent may I take heart
that saints are sinners first,
that your power is at work
within ordinary lives,
that you work through our weakness
to make us strong in your love,
and that it is in a humble heart
and that wish to dwell!

Source: From Fasting to Feasting, a prayer booklet by Fr. Patrick Sayles, SSC