By Allison Gingras


“Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere love of the brethren, love one another earnestly from the heart. You have been born anew, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God” ~ 1 Peter 1:22-23

Praying the Rosary when I drive has become habit. After years of remote work, I commute to an office about 30 minutes from home. I’m not too fond of driving, and sadly, most Massachusetts drivers live up to their reputation as being rude, aggressive, and reckless. So, you can gather why my Rosary beads have become my constant car companion. These precious moments with the Blessed Mother and her beloved Son have garnered some unexpected revelations and invaluable lessons.

One more recent and profound event came towards the end of Lent this year. Working in Catholic ministry full-time, the line between devotion and duty can easily blur. Busy about my ministry work, my spiritual sloth emerged with alarming ease. So much of my time is consumed with brainstorming and implementing innovative ways to help families pray and encounter Christ; I often forget to do these things myself! With my work plate overflowing this year, my beloved car rosary quickly became my only Lenten practice. Jesus, the wise and loving teacher, took full advantage of calling out my hypocrisy and destructive behaviors, slowly sneaking into my life.

Driving along, reciting the Sorrowful Mysteries and mulling over—okay, mostly grumbling about— a troublesome situation Jesus spoke directly to my heart. 

I did not die so you could sin! I did not die so you could gossip! I did not die so that you could complain! I did not die so you could continue living your life exactly the way you desired, filled with vanity, pride, judging, and self-righteousness. I died so you might have an abundant life. Eternal life! If you want to follow me into that eternal promise, your first step is to die to yourself and these destructive behaviors. Pick up your cross, even if that is biting your tongue and retraining your mind. I died to save every soul, and I do not wish any to be lost, but you have to choose what it is you truly want. 

Jesus rarely sugarcoats these powerful Holy Spirit-led moments with me. I appreciate He does not approach my spiritual well-being subtly because I am often lost in this distracted, hectic, sometimes thick head of mine! I do appreciate He never gives up on helping with my ongoing sanctification. 

Last Lent, Jesus challenged me to permanently give up swearing and every form of lying (even those little white ones we tell to avoid conflict or get ourselves out of trouble). To my amazement, through Christ, indeed, everything is possible. Jesus, I choose you and promise to live more aware and grateful for the ransom you paid for my eternal life!



Lord, as Saint Peter taught in today’s first reading, I realize that I was ransomed from my futile conduct by your precious Body and Body of Christ—you, the spotless, unblemished Lamb. As you are ever mindful of me, I promise to wake each day and put you before every other task. You did not die so I might sin, but so I may have eternal life. Amen!

Call to Action:

For the remainder of the week, I will wake early to put you first in my day; even if it is only five extra minutes, I will put you first, my Lord and my God!


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