Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for Feb. 26, 2023

Reflection for Feb. 26, 2023

A lesson in 40 days

Jesus chooses God over life's temptations  

by Sister Carolyn Zahringer

Psalm 25:4-5 states:  “Your ways, O Lord, make known to me; teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my savior.”

The Psalm speaks of a desire to be taught. Life is a journey and there are many lessons along the way. Having been a classroom teacher, the teaching theme is close to my heart. In school, testing shows beginner or proficient academic gains. At work and in life, we may be an apprentice desiring to become a master. We as baptized Christians were confirmed in the faith many years ago. However, there is no end to the spiritual journey on the side of eternity, and maybe not even after!                                             

The Gospel verse states: “One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Mt. 4:4b) . In each of the Synoptic Gospels we read about Jesus being led by the Spirit into the desert for 40 days. We are being led, too, for 40 days. How will we respond to the temptations we’ll meet along the journey?

Think about it, the temptation story would not have been included in the Gospel record unless Jesus revealed it to his closest followers. Each Lent, the first Sunday focuses on Jesus’ temptation in the desert. Why?

Temptations pop up. Do we recognize them as such?

We are called to prayer, fasting and almsgiving. How will we respond in the day-to-day events of our lives?

             “Worship the Lord your God and serve only God.” (Mt. 4:10)


Ellen Kane
02/24/2023 9:18 am

Thanks, Sr. Carrie, for reminding us to choose life and live in the love of our God. Happy Lent!

02/24/2023 11:00 am

Among my many email invitations to participate in workshops, the following really caught my attention:


-- negative, self-defeating talk

-- constant worry

-- feelings of helplessness and/or hopelessness

-- often feeling overwhelmed

-- difficulty focusing

-- self-isolation

-- struggling with prayer

-- fatigue, exhaustion

-- procrastination

-- having "unexplained" aches and pains

-- experiencing outbursts of emotions


That OTHER WOMEN understand and recognize the "temptations' all-too common in the lives of women, is a BLESSING and a GREAT GIFT.

I am thankful for THIS KIND OF SUPPORT that arises in many segments of society today to help women face their "temptations" head-on.



Laura Zelten
02/25/2023 4:20 pm

Thanks Carrie. I love the teaching/learning aspect to our Lenten journey.

Rev. William J Jacobs, Jr.
02/26/2023 5:52 pm

Pope Francis!

I thought Pope Francis nailed the Lenten Season a year or two ago.

In so many words, he said we can give up multiple things and multiple amounts of things, but unless it benefits others, what have we really given up? I couldn't agree more - think about it!

Thanks for your thoughts, Sister.

My very best to all of you good Sisters. I miss you folks & miss our Visits.

In God, We Trust!

Fr. Bill

02/27/2023 1:48 pm

I like your comment about being apprentices! We are that all our lives. We still a lot to learn on how to live like Christ!

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