Thought of the Day February 14, 2024 Lent, a discipline of choice

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 "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 no 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 which you have prepared for me. Amen." Henri Nouwen

We are making many choices throughout each day. Some are in accordance with God's will for us. Some are in accordance with our will, contrary to God. St. Paul gives us a plan by which to do the first. "Do not conform to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, choosing what is God's will, what is good, pleasing and perfect." (Romans 12:2) This is not an easy task, because there is not only my human weakness to contend with, but the sinful urgings of the Evil One. The grace of God prompts us to do the will of God. The temptation of the Devil lures us to act contrary to God's will for us. Lent is a time of spiritual discipline, learning to follow the example of Jesus, who rejected the allurements of the father of lies, and chose the way of the Father of truth.

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