Monday, April 10, 2017

My Lenten Penance

Lent has run its course and my suggested penance had been interrupted by other invitations. For instance, I set out to donate blood plasma and platelets throughout Lent and Easter, which I am doing, and to abstain from meat to be in solidarity with the environment, which I have done well.

However, I was invited to a more personal penitential practice on the First Monday of Lent, and now I get to complete it during the Monday of Holy Week.

I was asked to be the house tenor for the piano and orchestra rehearsals. My first time in singing solo will be tonight. Of course, it is a great honor, which I do not deserve, because there are more accomplished singers surrounding me, but it is an honor to have this opportunity. The fearful part is that I do not want to disappoint the choral conductor or the pianist or to even make major blunders in front of the 140 member chorus, of which many have sung professionally. I am only a choral singer who blends into the unity of voices.

But here it is. This time is now. The timing seems very fitting, but it does not erase my timidity. I have to trust in the conductor and myself, the latter is not easy to do.

Thanks for your prayers.


  1. Think of the little Engine....I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.....

  2. I m sure you did well. Responding positively to an invitation is a grace in itself both for the one inviting and the invited. I wish you a good Holy Week

    1. Thank you. It was instructive for me. Now, I just have to go each week and do my job.