October 25

Reflection

Now is the time for turning. The leaves are beginning to turn from green to red to orange. The birds are beginning to turn and are heading once more toward the south. The animals are beginning to turn to storing their food for the winter. For leaves, birds and animals, turning comes instinctively. But for us, turning does not come so easily. It takes an act of will for us to make a turn.  It means breaking old habits.  It means admitting that we have been wrong and this is never easy. It means losing face.  It means starting all over again.  And this is always painful. It means saying I am sorry.  It means recognizing that we have the ability to change. These things are terribly hard to do.
Gates of Repentance

Prayer

Give us strength, O God, to turn our lives toward You.

Action

Where in your life do you need to make a turn?  Are you willing to try?

Suggested Reading

Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
Proverbs 28:13

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
2 Corinthians 5:17 

Genuine love is demanding, but its beauty lies precisely in the demands it makes.
Pope Francis

Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.
Thomas A Kempis

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.
Maria Robinson

You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.
Jim Rohn

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
 Winston Churchill

The saints did not all begin well, but they ended well.
St. John Vianney

Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.
Carol Burnett

In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or step back into safety.
Abraham Maslow

Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor.
Alexis Carrell

Every new day is another chance to change your life.
Unknown

 

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