Today was the last “workers Mass” of Lent. I have been stopping off every Wednesday at 06.30 on the way to work to observe one of the 3 pillars of the season. The other 2, alms giving and fasting have been less successful although my morning commutes are usually “fasted rides”…
Errand 8: personal care
Destination: St Joseph’s and the English Martyrs, Bishops Stortford
Rationale & observations:
It was due to rain today but in my area it wasn’t forecast to start until after Mass. So I geared up with the waterproofs and headed in to town with my protesting legs. It was dark. My CatEye Volt 1200 lumen light of 2 years won’t re-charge or start. I used my Lezyne blinkie on the constant setting but it won’t be bright enough for my late ride home so I will leave early enough not to need it. My blinkie is 2 years older than the CatEye and still charges well so I think that I’ll get a Lezyne of similar lumen power. Using both at night gives me comfort and the stronger the better for off roading at night. Anyone got any recommendations? I’d really value them in the comments below.
I thanked the Lord for keeping me safe for another week on the bike and asked a couple of patron saints for help with some things. I am amused by people who say,”all of my prayers were answered…” when in fact, they are always answered. It’s just that sometimes we don’t always get the answer that we want or are looking for.
I have found Father Peter’s brief sermons particularly insightful for my own life over Lent. His suggestion to be mindful of the reading of Isaiah 50:4-9, “…he has given me a disciples tongue, for me to know how to give a word of comfort to the weary…” struck a chord. I felt inspired to curb my sarcastic tongue. To stop swearing. To speak kindly to others if you like.
Until I got sprayed by a van and then fell unceremoniously ankle deep in a rural puddle 10 minutes later that is…It was a massive fail on all 3. I take comfort that as a good Catholic I feel guilty over that.