These reflections and prayers were given as locutions during Lent 2004 between Ash
Wednesday and Palm Sunday.
Whilst writing in my
diary, Jesus corrects me for not responding instantly and says: -
wanted you to write these things that We have inspired you with and
this you must do. But I also wish to impart and implant in you some
thought for each day of this Season of purification and preparation".
Jesus then asked me to
spend some time in silence listening to Him. He then said: -
"Now I will give you reflections that you have missed (delayed in
writing). These 'Little Anchors of Hope' will keep you, and those
who follow, moving through Lent and times of hardship with a full
hope and love".
Since these were given I have discovered that an Anchor
is a symbol of hope from earliest Christian times:......
"We who have found safety with Him
are greatly encouraged to hold firmly to the hope placed
before us. We have this hope as an anchor for our lives. It is safe and sure, and goes through the curtain of the
heavenly temple into the inner sanctuary....."
"An anchor was frequently used in the Catacombs and
sometimes associated with another common symbol, the Fish.
Although the cross was not used in early Christian art, the
cross piece and shaft of the anchor were
sometimes drawn in such a way as to suggest a cross".
Encyclopaedia of Catholic Devotions and Practices,
Ann Ball, page 39.