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Give Up SIN for Lent

Clergy Corner by Fr. Ray

We are now on the First Sunday of Lent by which we are intending these 40 days as a preparation for the coming Holy Week of the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ.

 

Lent is a call to conversion. The enemy of the conversion is sin. So we have to look at ourselves, if we are ready for this coming celebration of our salvation. There are many ways on how to have an in-depth look at ourselves.

 

Question ... What was it that you planned to give up for Lent that you already forgot about at least one time? Don’t be upset, you are just human, it’s a regular occurrence. The best of intentions are very often just that … good intentions.

 

It is good to give up something for Lent. I’d like to suggest that you give up SIN.

 

Let me make a suggestion. Sit in the church before the tabernacle, before Christ, and Do Nothing. Just sit there and let your mind be as free as possible of all thoughts and the surroundings. Be open to God speaking to you. In a very short period of time, you will begin to recognize what SIN (or sins) to give up for Lent - and the rest of your life.

 

The struggle will just begin when you recognize That Sin, but it is the way; it is the way to the cross and through the cross to Resurrection. One must recognize the sin to overcome it. Once recognized, the work begins and Lent is a perfect time to do the work.

 

This kind of work is strongly aided with prayer.

 

We all need to be more fervent in our prayer lives. That should mean to allow prayer to affect every aspect of our lives. We should try to be mindful of God in all that we do.

 

When faced with temptation, especially the temptation of that sin, then we will turn to God and ask for his help.

 

Our Easter Goal should be that on that day, we will realize we are closer to Jesus and prayer is the only way to get there.

 

Give up Sin - be close to Jesus!

 

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