Daily Reflection with Fr. Tomas Del Valle-Reyes



Dear Friends: Praying is not easy. Our daily routine calls for our full attention. And the world around us puts little value on prayer; our lives are full of material things but at the same time are getting emptier in God’s value.

For this reason, I will post a daily reflection and as you visit this site may the Holy Spirit within you come to your aid and guide you gently to the God who loves you
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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Prayers on Lent

Forty days alone, a wilderness of thoughts tempting and 
inviting thoughts
which could so easily have distracted you from your task, 

your mission your vision.
Yet you emerged, stronger and more attuned to all that had
to be done 
despite a time constraint that to our eyes would have seemed hopeless.
We too live in stressful times.
Demands are made of our time that leave so little
for the important things of life.
We are easily distracted in the wilderness of our lives
by every call to go this way or that to turn stone to bread
leap from mountains and do all that would keep us from the truth.

We listen to the voices of this world and ignore 

the one who endured all this and so much more and 
emerged triumphant that we might not have to suffer so.
Forgive us, Father when we get distracted from our task
Forgive us those times when we try to be all things to all men
and fail to be anything to anyone 

It is customary, Lord
to give something up during the season of Lent.
What would you have me do without? 

I who have so much
Chocolate?
Cream cakes?

Cigarettes?

Sweets?
Swearing?
The list is endless.........................................

and I could give up all those things for the span of 40 days
quite easily and almost painlessly 

But what difference would it make other than making me feel 'holier' that my friend who makes no such sacrifice . 
What would you have me do without? 
I who have so much:
Selfishness?
Conceit?
Envy?
Pride?
I fear before I ask 
that the answer might be 'yes' and the giving up would be 

all too real, Lord it would be difficult painful sacrificial a real cross to carry for 40 days
and more?


Fr. Tomas Del Valle-Reyes
Descubriendo el Siglo 21/Discovering 21 Century
P.O.BOX 1170
New York, nY  10018
Tel- 212-24-4778
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