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"And your Father who sees in secret will repay you."
Ash Wednesday for me is a particularly lonely day. It is a time when I have to look at myself, my spiritual life, and be brutally honest. Is this whom I want to be when it’s time for me to go home? No one can accompany me with this. It is me and God: my creator, the One who loves me with an eternal love, who takes delight in me and who died for me so that I can become like Him.
He promised me He would never leave me. And I do believe that He is always by my side. But have I been by His side?
Lent is a time to do penance, a time to visit our past not with condemnation or accusations, but a time to see how seriously in love am I with God. It is a time to purify my soul and begin again. It is a time to remind me of this short life and that I am nothing.
All my worldly accomplishments are Nothing!! That is what the ashes remind us—without God all that is left of me is a pile of dust.
Can I live as He expects me to live? Another Lent and another try. How good God is that He gives us a 40 day Lenten retreat so that we can figure out who our master is. Sin or God?
Pray not only for ourselves but our neighbors and our priests who help bring us home to God in example, preaching, reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist.
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