Ash Wednesday this year coincides with the Eve of the Chinese New Year, so I had to decide what I needed to do for today regarding fasting and abstinence. Catholics in the region could postpone their fasting and abstinence for Ash Wed to another day of their choice. This was to enable those whose family members might not be Catholics to celebrate the reunion dinner together. On my part, I joined the universal church to fast and to abstain. Lent has begun.
Mercy – What I ask from you daily
And I know that it has to be mine too to give
To the poor, the oppressed, the hungry
The rich and the miserable, the weak and the lonely
All kinds of people, all mankind, in fact
For to each I have to give so as to receive
What I withhold from each will be withheld from me
That is why I have to show mercy in order to receive mercy
To show kindness so as to receive kindness
To be generous so as to be given plenty as well
Tit for tat and butter for fat
Is it so, dear Lord?
Basically, it is nothing complicated
It is simply to love you above all
And then to love others as I love myself
If I cannot love those whom I can see
How can I claim to love God whom I cannot see?
How true, dear Lord
Grant me the grace I need for these forty days
Thank you, Lord. Praise you, Lord!