But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father, who sees what is hidden will repay you.
(Matthew 6:18)

Here I am, Lord, returning to you on this first day of Lent. I was away, not from you, but from my journal and my normal routine. Travel and weather kept me from Mass, and tomorrow the weather will prevent our Communion service here. Still, there has been time to pray, just no opportunity to write.

I spent most of today thinking how I can begin this forty-day journey of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. I will make a list for myself but keep it between you and me.

You who are hidden and see what is hidden will guide and sustain me. Thank you for so many favors this week. Until last night, I had hardly any time alone with you, but I was blessed to reconnect with family and interact with children and adults. I had a chance to visit the sick and to share faith with good Christians. Thank you for a rewarding visit.

Please keep me close to you during this holy season. Thy will be done.

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