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“Being converted is simply meeting yourself for the purpose of going to the very end of your being. Conversion means a willingness to see the truth of things and conform one’s conduct to it.”

A. Sertillanges

Ash Wednesday is coming up very soon. I thought I might prepare us for the reflection and prayer that we owe God before we decide WHAT TO DO FOR LENT.  I found this quote in an introduction to the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. Now that is an example of conversion! Paul’s turn around fits the description above.

I went to Wikipedia to find out who the author is quoted above.  Antonin-Gilbert Sertillanges, O.P. was born in Clermont-Ferrand, France on 16 November 1863. He entered the Dominican order and was a scholar. He wrote The Intellectual Life (a practical guide on how to structure one’s life) and What Jesus Saw from the Cross (a spiritual work that drew upon the time he spent living in Jerusalem). Antonin died at Sallanches, France on 26 July 1948 at age 84.

So, according to this philosopher and spiritual writer I must face two things: truth and purpose. What is the purpose of my being? And, what is the truth about myself? My first answer to the purpose of my being goes back to the Baltimore Catechism, “to know love and serve God.” I hope to do that and be happy with God in all eternity. The main truth about myself is I AM A SINNER. That is a good enough truth to start Lent with reflection and prayer.  There are many truths about things I may also consider. These truths are about ownership, activities, desires, failures, success and so on. The hard part of the above definition is the willingness to conform my conduct to the truths I consider. It is most likely in this area I take to prayer and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Only then may I reach God’s call for me this Lent 2017.  How about your truths? Want to give a try? Prayers already in me for you for Lent.

Fr. Bill


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