Thought of the Day February 21, 2024 Spiritual lethargy

By 10:06 AM

 "Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy." Pope Francis

What is our spiritual lethargy? Is it a slowness to convert our hearts back to God? Is it an insensitivity to the reality of sin in our lives? Is it a denial of the needs of others around me? Is it a sense of spiritual comfort, when in reality I am not drawing closer to the Lord? Whatever it is, God gives us the grace to overcome our lethargy, if we ask him. For spiritual lethargy is a false sense of our true spiritual state in relationship to God. When Jesus says at the beginning of Lent, "Repent and believe in the Gospel," he was calling us out of our comfort zone to begin walking on the narrow road that leads to eternal life. Lethargy prefers the wide road of ease. "If today, you hear the voice of the Lord, harden not your hearts."

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