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Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom, Secular Franciscan and freelance writer. Her three children range in age from high school to young adult, and she enjoys writing, cooking, and reading. Barb volunteers at the school library and is a music minister at her parish. She is also an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Barb blogs at FranciscanMom and shares her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count.


  1. I believe that you may have observed Lent but in different ways this year. Perhaps, if your weeks have been have been filled with helping others, you did not realize that you are are doing Spiritual and/or Corporal Works of Mercy without “labeling” those actions. Perhaps your Prayers have been shortened to “help, me God!” Or you
    may have been more careful about your angry reactions or curbed gossip. We often try to compare our past
    Lents from childhood when we gave up candy and that was it. Times and activities change and stress comes from
    all around us and we get discouraged when we realize that we have not sat down, lit a candle and spent time in
    silent Prayer. Dont be too hard on yourself, ask God help you, from this moment on, to see His Will and as long
    as you are not refusing to acknowledge Lent, you can relax a bit and just do what you can and be at peace.
    I told my Pastor recently that as a Catechist and Parish Worker, I seem to spend so much time helping others
    with their Spiritual Lives, mine gets put aside, at times, but he assured me that I’m still doing God’s Will.

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