Creating a Clean Heart

First Sunday in lent and I’ve got my shovel out.

I wish my heart was something I could clean up with a simple soapy rag.  Instead, I’ll be shoveling out the pride, selfishness, greed, laziness, etc.  When I get the bulk out perhaps I’ll be able to tidy up with a soapy rag.

With Lent sometimes it’s easy to just go through the motion, “Oh, it’s Lent again.”  One thought I heard in a homily several years ago has stuck with me and helps stop me from just going through the motions.

That thought is to think of Lent like stepping into a river or stream.  Rivers and streams are always changing and so are our lives.  Every time we are stepping into Lent we are stepping in as a new person at a different time in our life than the previous year.  We are open to facing new challenges and gaining new growth.

For the last couple of years I’ve been looking to Saint Joseph the Worker as an example. I’ve had a bit of an epiphany in the last couple of weeks in how to look at my work as an act of reparation for my transgressions.

As I head in for a double today I will strive to have an open, understanding, patient, and clean heart.


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