Daily Lenten Reflection — Who We Are Matters

daily-reflection-featured-w740x493And he said to all, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23).

“Having things” is not inherently wrong. But, when attachments to things of this world become more important than being who we are made to be, such attachments become disordered and sinful. Please catch that distinction. Desiring to provide shelter, clothing, food, medicine and education for our family is not wrong unless that desire and the actions that flow from that desire become more important to us than God and His Will for our lives.

The question we need to continually ask ourselves is, “Is this thing I am doing, this thing that I desire or this thing I have… is it bringing me closer to God and who He made me to be… or is it separating me from Him?”

During the season of Lent, we add a focus on fasting to our daily lives. By doing this, we actually exercise our will to become more detached from the world and more attached to Christ, conforming our will to His.

Remember, you are dust, and to dust you will return. Repent and believe in the Gospel.

Editor’s Note: Join us each morning during Lent for Daily Lenten Reflections.

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Deacon Michael Bickerstaff is the Editor in chief and co-founder of the The Integrated Catholic Life.™ A Catholic Deacon of the Roman Rite for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Deacon Bickerstaff is assigned to St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church where he is the Director of Adult Education and Evangelization.

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