Repent, Repent! It’s Lent, It’s Lent!

4 Mar

The Cross of Christ calling multitudes to salvation, calling you and me, calling our family. Givng us identity, continuity. Letting us help God in making and remaking sociiety into an image of his Kingdom.

To help us overcome sin, our Church urges us to continue our traditional Lenten practices of fast, abstinence and prayer.

We are also asked to eliminate bad behavior and replace it with the opposite good.

For example, you may frequently fall into great moments of anger and resentment. You are asked to confess your faults and to repent by making the effort to be patient and kind to those who have hurt and angered you.

We are all called to become ever more deeply in love with Jesus Christ, to love him so deeply that we are eager to do precisely what he wants us to do—to love as he loved, to heal the sick, clothe the naked and feed the poor.

We must become true disciples of our Lord.

A hard truth

You can intellectually assent to the humanity and divinity of Christ and to his miracles, and still not be a disciple. You can pray every day and never miss Mass and you can be kind to people and still fall short of being a committed disciple.

What does it mean, then, to be a disciple of Jesus Christ?

It means you accept Jesus Christ as the Lord of your life; you seek the power and the gifts of the Holy Spirit; you at last surrender completely to God. You become clay in his hands, you let him melt you and mold you. You listen to him in the silence and depth of your heart.

A committed disciple

with whom you form a Christian cell of faith with your children.

So how do you do this?

  • You ask God to reveal himself to you. You set aside a sacred time for deeper communion with God—and that’s what prayer really is.
  • You reAs a committed disciple, you embrace the Gospel and the authentic teachings of the Church. You live the faith at work, at home, and in down time. It means you love your spouse flect on Sacred Scripture—especially on the readings for the coming Sunday. You may do well to discuss them with family and friends.
  • You frequent the Sacrament of Reconciliation and you open yourself more and more to the great mystery and reality of the Mass. You join a responsible and authentically Catholic Scripture study group.

If you do this, you will begin to fall ever more deeply in love with God. He won’t be up there somewhere, but in your heart—and in every relationship and facet of your life.

Then you will be able to do what Jesus did—and what he wants you to do.

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