Will God be happy if I give up something for Lent?
Giving up something doesn’t make God happy, but it should make us a better person. Living in America we have a surplus of so much that fasting doesn’t hurt us too much. Maybe if we are a smoker or heavy drinker, it could be harder, but we make up for things in different ways. Is that right also?
Lent is built three pillars: fasting, penance and works of charity. Maybe it is time to receive the Sacrament of Penance. Catholics still take advantage of the grace of the Sacrament but not as much as when I was ordained 4o years ago. I still feel God’s grace is when someone comes on a Saturday or during the day at the rectory and shares a part of their life that is in need of healing. Believe it – God’s grace is at work in the world.
Are works of charity time consuming? Maybe, but not necessarily. Sometimes we don’t have to look further than our own families who are in need of a conversation, visit or just simply being nice to them. God’s grace is at work there too. We still have some days left in this season of grace to do these things.
Will we make time? Time passes quickly, so don’t wait!
Fr. Robert Yetter
February 24, 2015