A Thought for Lent

In Christianity, Lent on April 4, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Without being antinomian, remember that inconstancy and failure are common to us all. We wish it were not so. But thankfully, God has purposed to bring good from evil; sanctity from sin.

What must be our response?  Always:

  • Get up again. “Get back on the path,” as a wonderful friend in Philadelphia, James Montgomery Boice, often said.
  • Tell our Lord of your love for Him and sorrow for sin.
  • Believe the words of The Sacrament of Reconciliation: “I absolve you.”  Christ has given this power to the successors to His Apostles (Matthew 16:19).
  • Find and fortify the weaknesses in your sanctity defenses. The enemy will attack at your point of greatest weakness, as St. Ignatius has written.
  • Live in Light!  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God . . . through Him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it!” (John 1:1, 4-5)
  • Redeem the time.  You and I don’t have time for sin, because by God’s grace and desire to use us for His purposes, so much remains to do!

Good from evil.  Sanctity from sin!  That is Christianity Richly.

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