”God never asks you to give anything up which he doesn’t intend to give back to you in a more perfect way.” ~Patrick Gothman
Lent is only a few days away. It is filled with the discipline of giving up things in order to prepare ourselves for the celebration of the Paschal Mysteries at Easter. Some of us give up meat for all forty days, others give up the social network, and even others give up chocolate. But the one thing we can give up is our lives. When we take up our cross and image ourselves after Christ he will give us life in an even more perfect and abundant way.
How do we do this? Make your life available to God! Meditate on the scriptures and speak to God in a honest manner. Make deliberate time to be with God whether in your room with a lit candle or in front of the Blessed Sacrament. Celebrate the sacraments and show charity toward the poor. In this manner, God reveals, God prunes, and God establishes his reign in the world.
“Where within me can my God come? How can God who made heaven and earth come into me? Lord my God, is there anything in me that can contain you? Can heaven and earth, which you have made and in which you have made me, contain you? Or is it true that whatever exists contains you since without you nothing would exist?” From the Confessions of Saint Augustine, bishop