This Wednesday Lent begins. During Lent, the Church encourages us to participate in these three forms of piety. Through fasting, we express our humility in relation to God. In prayer, we express our hope. In almsgiving, we express love. However, we should also know that these practices and forms of penance do not mean anything if we do not sincerely seek God Himself.
Lent is a special time for us to seek God. He Loves us and takes pity on us. This is the reason He desires that we return to Him with our whole hearts.
“Returning to God with our whole hearts means conversion.”
Conversion is perpetually beginning an interior return to God anew, again and again. We must return to God many times because we fall many times. We stray many times. Maybe we stray day after day, hour after hour. It does not matter how often we get lost. The most important is that we return to God. This return opens us to the merciful action of grace in our lives.
I would like to invite you to take time during this Lent to look into your hearts and not be afraid to give God the truth about you, because He is waiting to help you and He is waiting to forgive you… because He Loves you.
Yours in Christ,
Readings for the 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Lectionary 84#artur, #ashwednesday, #conversion, #frarthurmarat, #lent, #olwparish, #reflection