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Well, we're back to Ordinary Time. This year, of course, Ordinary Time is short, since Ash Wednesday falls on St. Valentine's Day. After coming down from the spiritual high from Christmas, this period of "in between" can seem unappealing, and even downright boring. We may find our humanness kicking in, searching for the next high, convinced that it can't be achieved during the time of "green."
There is a trick we can follow, however, to keep Ordinary Time a bit more interesting, and this trick is pretty simple. All we need to do is to go straight to our Catholic calendar. Feastdays abound during the seasons of Ordinary Time, and are amazing treasures of inspiration, joy and intellectual stimulation if we are willing to take the time to notice them. There are countless wonderful sites online that can guide us: Catholic Online, Franciscanmedia.org, CatholicSaints.info, etc.
Many parishes offer a Church calendar for their parishioners that serve as a great guide to the "saint of the day." Although the calendars do not have enough room to provide a saint's story, the internet makes it beyond easy to find it quickly ourselves, serving as a daily injection of spiritual inspiration, wisdom, and affirmation. There are also countless books that provide the daily saint and story as well.
As we go out and about our lives during this Ordinary Time, let's not be confined to the limited definition that the word "ordinary" implies. It is up to us to make this time extraordinary. One way we can do this is by taking note of the daily feastdays of the saints and be willing to apply any lesson learned to our lives. In doing this we will come to recognize that the stories of the saints are gems, waiting to be observed, each reflecting the love, joy, and peace of ordinary people living extraordinary lives of service to the Lord they love and adore.
To help prove my point, you may want to take a look at St. Anthony the Abbot, whose feastday is Wed. Not to give anything away, I will only say that his is a story certainly worth looking at, portraying one who built his life with the intention of "becoming," while persevering to a degree that is rarely seen today.
God bless you as you go forth during this time of "ordinary green." May your soul grow as you unearth each daily gem and become closer to the saint you were called to be!
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