As we come towards the end of the Lenten season it might be good to reflect on the words with which it began: “Rend your hearts and not your garments”. We might consider these words:
What needs to be changed in us? Anything that makes us the sole center of ourselves. Anything that deludes us into thinking that we are not simply a work in progress, all of whose degrees, status, achievements, and power are no substitute for the wisdom that a world full of God everywhere, in everyone has to teach us. Anything that drowns out the voice of the Ultimate within must be damped…We must begin to do life, to be with people, to accept circumstances, to bring good to evil in ways that speak of the presence of God in every moment. *
Create in me a new heart.
Reflect on the quote above and choose one practical action that is possible for you.
Create in me a new heart, O God.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze!
St. Catherine of Sienna
The nation doesn’t simply need what we have. It needs what we are.
Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.
Christ said, “I am the Truth”; he did not say “I am the custom.”
Most Christian ‘believers’ tend to echo the cultural prejudices and worldviews of the dominant group in their country, with only a minority revealing any real transformation of attitudes or consciousness.
When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.
Asking the proper questions is the central action of transformation. Questions are the key that causes the secret doors of the psyche to swing open.
Clarissa Pinkola Estes
You change your life by changing your heart.
*Illuminated Life by Joan Chittister