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“My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit;
a contrite, humbled heart, O God, you will not scorn.” Psalm 51:19
If nothing else, Lent is the realization that God is always there to forgive us.
Most of us become the prodigal child at some point in our lives (see Luke 15:11-32). We think that we know what is best and walk away from God’s love. As a result, we place ourselves in sinful situations. The good news is that when we show humble repentance and atonement for our sins, God showers us with divine mercy.
“O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended You, please have mercy on me.”
Peace and Goodness
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)
If we suffer because of our faith, God will comfort us when we unite with him. This news should bring joy to our hearts. The grace of suffering is a gift from God. This is hard for us to understand but it is a truth that Saints have understood well; it has guided their actions despite the suffering brought about by those actions. It is the cross Christ carried for us.
Today, we will have opportunities to suffer. We will have the opportunity to soothe despite our own sorrows; to forgive despite our hurt; to give alms despite scarcity; to give of our time despite all our desire for solitude; to be compassionate despite our impatience; to love despite our disappointments. These are all occasions for suffering; opportunities to be saint-like; not for the rewards offered by this world, but for the comfort we will receive from God.
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