Newsletter for Sunday 14 February 2016

12 Feb

BE MERCIFUL AS YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER IS MERCIFUL
(Lk 6:36)

Our three great pillars of Lent – Prayer, Fasting and Good Works – become meaningless and serve no good purpose if not accompanied by a change of heart.  Hardness of heart, stubborn wills, entrenched acrimony, gossiping behind peoples’ backs, anger and resentment are all indicators that things are not well in one’s life and that there is a need for change, for true repentance … a need for conversion to a new way of thinking and behaving.

Lent is the favourable time of mercy, a time when we can experience the mercy of God through the sacrament of confession.  But it is also up to us to open our hearts to the Lord’s call, to respond to the many invitations that he extends to us to come back to him and to be at peace with our families, neighbours AND the Church.

Pray and ponder these words of the Psalmist (Ps 50):

“Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness.
In your compassion blot out my offence.
O wash me more and more from my guilt and cleanse me from my sins.”

“A pure heart create for me, O God, put a steadfast spirit within me.”

Pray these words repeatedly throughout the day and as you go to sleep.

Fr Philip Sainter

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