Lent reminds us to search out where our real commitment lies, to continue exploring, searching, pushing up against the horizons of our awareness. It calls us to put prepackaged ideas of the good aside and asks us to be disciplined enough to let go of our outmoded belief systems and let the Spirit of God renew us. In the past we considered penance only a matter of self-abnegation. Now, we can view it as a turning toward God, to receiving the insights for a renewal of the focus of our lives. We can “fast” from complacent comfort in acts of self-denial and take the real risk of letting in the renewing truth of the living, ever vivifying Creator Spirit .
Give me back the joy of your salvation,
and a willing spirit sustain in me.
Psalm 51: 14-17
Are there any areas in my spiritual life that need a new focus? I will turn to God with an open mind and a receptive heart.
Jesus answered and said to him, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
But if you seek God, you will find God if you look with all your heart and with all your soul.
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from God.
Another proof of the conquest of a soul for Christ will be found in a real change of life. If the man does not live differently from what he did before, both at home and abroad, his repentance needs to be repented of and his conversion is a fiction.
Every man or woman who turns to Christ must bear in mind that they are breaking with their old master, and enlisting under a new leader. Conversion is a revolutionary process.
Theodore Ledyard Cuyler
Conversion for me was not a Damascus Road experience. I slowly moved into an intellectual acceptance of what my intuition had always known.
Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
George Bernard Shaw
Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There is no greater investment.