A Penitential Season
A blessed Ash Wednesday and Lent to you. It is the time of the year when Catholics begin their Lenten fasts to help them live a better, holier, and fruitful life. It is also the time of year when many give up various internet activities though I hope reading my blog isn’t one of them.
Lent has always been exciting for me. I’ve never been one to make New Years Resolutions because I usually give up after the first week, but Lent is different. There is something about giving up something for the glory of God that inspires me to continue and persevere. I admit that come Easter Sunday, I usually over indulge on whatever it was that I gave up, but the sacrifice has taught me that I didn’t need whatever it was that I was giving up. After all, if you can live without something for 40 days, there is a good chance that you don’t need it to live at all.
But there are many earthly pleasures in this life that we really don’t need in order to live a happy life, let alone to survive, but we have fooled ourselves into thinking that what we are indulging in brings us happiness and joy, yet it only fills an emptiness within ourselves that can only be filled by Jesus Christ. This hole only grows if we do not fill it with prayer, fasting, penance, almsgiving, and works.
As St. Augustine says “our hearts are restless until they rest in you” and there is much wisdom in this. As God created us to worship Him and only Him, we will not be at peace until we put God above all persons and things.
This Lent, place your heart in Our Lord’s most sacred hands and allow Him to fill your heart with His love and peace. May your Lent be prayerful and fruitful.