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LENT - FINDING HONESTY AND TRUST
 

As we do every Lent, we ponder  the Gospel account of the 40 days Christ spent in the desert following his baptism. During this time of solitude, fasting and intense prayer, Jesus was tempted by the devil. The Gospel reminds us of two historical focal points of the Lenten season: the meaning of our baptism and the confrontation with our own sinfulness.
 
We the baptized, have been united with Christ’s death and resurrection, and we find ourselves on a challenging and sometime perilous  journey following Christ in our lives. Particularly during Lent , we allow the Spirit to drive us into 40 days of fasting, intensified prayer and almsgiving. We should expect to confront  temptation as Jesus did. We too, will face dangers, but we can also count on the ministry of angels, provided that we trust God.
 
Each year we enter the “Lenten desert” to voluntarily strip away  the distractions,  the excuses and the rationalizations that so quickly (and repeatedly) can lead us into comfortable complacency. With God’s spirit strengthening us, we find the courage to honestly ask whether we are  becoming the disciples that we are called to be.

Even if no one witnesses our sins , and not a soul know of them, we cannot hide the truth from the eyes of our conscience.  In the end, what is important is not that other people know, but that we ourselves know.
 

‡AUGUSTINE




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