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A good reminder today in this early stage of Lent comes from today’s “Saint of the Day” page of the franciscanmedia.org website. Like St. Theresa of Lisieux, known as “the Little Flower,” St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows contracted tuberculosis and died at the young age of 24 years. Like her, he had a burning desire to enter a religious community from childhood and, as Mother Teresa would say, “to do small things with great love.” Rather than planning a rigorous program of Lenten practices – and perhaps falling short in the long run – we might do better to follow the wise counsel of these saints.

Blessings on your conscious effort as we walk this path toward Easter.