Receptive Vessels

While we busy ourselves striving for power
and trying to control events and even people,
the Gospel perpetually proclaims
a far different approach to life:
God has created us to live a life of
dependence and receptivity,
and our acceptance of that spiritual reality
is required for true human growth and fulfillment.

Fasting helps us break free
from the bonds of self-obsession
and allows us to see more clearly
our absolute dependence on God.

Because we are so easily self-deceived,
we have no problem dismissing
the fact that we are sinners
and that we sin daily.
In order to grow closer to God,
we need to awaken a healthy sensitivity
to our own sinfulness.
When we are honest with ourselves and God,
healing and transformation can occur.

God’s boundless forgiveness
should liberate us from the chains of sin.

Acts of mercy take you out of yourself.

Feel mercy. Live mercy.


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