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Lord of Lent, Lord of Easter,
As you went into the desert
So do I follow
Putting aside that which distracts me
Grabs at me
Falsely claims me.
To search inside
To confront myself
My best, my worst
My good works and my sins.
And each time, I find you there
To call to me again
With words of challenge and words of mercy.
And as I fall to my knees, in prayer, in fasting
In sacrifice and penitence
Somehow, you have it in yourself to reach out and gently lift me
To renew me
To claim me as nothing of this world can claim me.
Meet me in the desert, Lord. Claim me anew.
—Lenten Rice Bowl Prayer from Catholic Relief Services
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