Thought of the Day February 22, 2023 Choices we make

By 10:23 AM

 "The Lenten season begins. It is a time to be with you, Lord, in a special way, a time to pray, to fast, and thus to follow you on your way to Jerusalem, to Golgotha, and to the final victory over death.

I know that Lent is going to be a very hard time for me. The choice for your way has to be made every moment of my life. I have to choose thoughts that are your thoughts, words that are your words, and actions that are your actions. There are not times or places without choices. And I know how deeply I resist choosing you.

Please, Lord, be with me at every moment and in every place. Give me the strength and the courage to live this season faithfully, so that, when Easter comes, I will be able to taste with joy the new life that you have prepared for me. Amen." Henri Nouwen

In today's First Reading, we hear the prophet say "Rend your hearts. Return to the Lord." There are things in our hearts that are not pleasing to God. These are our choices of sin, which are not in union with love of God. Our Lenten journey with the grace of God is to uproot sin from our hearts and to fill the area with the love of God and others. The more we desire to do this, the more the tempter will come against us. In those moments we need to remember the words of St. John: "He who is in us is greater that the one outside."  Turn our heart to the Lord in love and his victory will be there.

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