Lenten Series: Novice Chooses Joy as Sacrifice

In the second of a Lenten Series of reflections, Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Novice Sister Cecilia Joy shares her Lenten sacrifice.

“It might seem strange, but for Lent this year, I am going to choose joy”…“I think that is terrific!” This was a conversation I had with a priest a few days before Ash Wednesday. One would think that with a name like Sister Cecilia Joy, being joyful would be extremely easy. Yet, we all have our good days and bad days. The trick is to see Jesus working through it all. He does not expect us to be happy all of the time. Though, He does want us to turn to Him in whatever we experience. The fact that He is always with us, helping us and comforting us is a source of deep and lasting joy.


It reads in Hebrews “Through him [then] let us continually offer God a sacrifice of praise (Hebrews 13:15).” How can praise be a sacrifice? Can I speak to Jesus from the depths of my heart in prayer, and then praise Him in some small form of gratitude?

Lenten Series: Temporary Professed Sister Offers Rock Climbing Wisdom

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Mary Teresa Bettag offers the first of a Lenten Series.

When I first entered the convent, one of my first questions was, “Will I ever be able to rock climb again?” I LOVE rock climbing – there is something very pure and natural about it. Many people think it takes just brute strength, but it also takes balance, composure, and an eye for the holds; because the thing is, when you’re hanging high above the ground, the thing you’re holding on to is very important. A good hand or foot hold propels you higher, while a bad one can cut up your hands or lead to a nasty fall.

This Lent perhaps a question for all of us is: what is it that I am holding on to? What is my rock? Can we say with the psalmist, “My soul clings to you, Lord; your right hand holds me fast”?

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