Reflections of God's Goodness
Every year, as we journey through Lent, we hope for change. Sometimes we wonder if we have made any progress at all! The truth is Jesus loves us just as we are, not as we should be or even hope to be. Jesus loves us so that we can change!
The words to the Lenten song, “Change Our Hearts,” remind me of the hope we are called to . . .
Change our hearts this time,
Your word says it can be.
Change our minds this time
Your life could make us free.
We are the people your call set apart,
Lord, this time change our hearts.
Scripture tells us that Jesus calls us His “friends” and reminds us, “It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you . . . ?
How will we respond? How can we cultivate this divine friendship Jesus offers us? I think that the three pillars of Lent—Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving—are the pillars of friendship with Jesus as well. You can choose today to use them to draw closer to Jesus.
You might consider a way to increase your prayer. Perhaps add something new—five minutes of silence, five minutes of praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet, or practice random acts of prayer! Choose someone who looks like they are in need, and pray for them.
Fast from some noise or media in your life, or fast, for a particular person or intention each day. If you fast from something you normally spend money on such as Starbucks or dinner out, use that money to help others, either directly or by giving to an organization that serves the poor.
May the Good God use these Lenten days to change our hearts so that we can truly claim and grow in our friendship with Him.
Sister Mary Ann Barnhorn, SNDdeN
Director of Development
“I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am the LORD; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart.”