As I grow each day in my faith, I become more aware of my flaws and sinful nature. In my quest towards righteousness, I am humbled by my own imperfections.
I can be judgmental and harsh; I use my words as weapons to make my point validated. I persuade and persist when I feel something or someone is not going my way. I lie when I have no where else to turn. I cheat when I feel lazy.
All these transgressions lead me to emptiness; yet I continually fall back on them.
My reliance on Him is the only way I can climb out of this abyss of failure. In striving for holiness, I must ask for much grace. I cannot do it alone.
Walking by myself, only leads me astray.
As I pondered the meaning of Ash Wednesday, I realized that the first step towards Him is admitting my sins.
As Fr. Barron states:
“There’s no way up but down; no real holiness without awareness. At least part of being a saint is knowing you’re a sinner.”
May this Lenten Season turn you away from sin and lead you towards Him…