Abundant Grace for Living Holy
Lent is such an amazing time - it truly is a time of special and abundant grace. When I prayed about what I should focus on this Lent a few years ago - FORGIVENESS - kept emerging. At first, it made very little sense to me, as I feel I'm pretty solid with this subject. I mean, come on, I give retreats on forgiveness for heavens sake! I bare my soul over and over, sharing how I have needed to forgive and howI have needed to be forgiven. In addition I believe in God's mercy and love, and fully accept and cherish His gift of forgiveness.
40 Days of Learning to Forgive
Forgiveness needs to extended because Christ first offered it to us. I especially love how it is given so beautifully in Reconciliation (big, big fan!). So what more could there be? God gave me two CLEAR answers.
Lastly, I pondered the peace inducing insights and inspirations of my favorite book on forgiveness:
2018 Lenten Forgiveness Retreat
A Friday Flashback from a special week on A Seeking Heart, when I featured Dawn Eden's newest book, Remembering God's Mercy, from Ave Maria Press. Like most of the books, I am blessed to receive each month, I had no idea what to expect. In fact, knowing her awesome reputation, I did something I rarely do - sought an interview with her before even reading a word! THIS is when I become even MORE keenly aware of the Holy Spirit's working in the world - and in particular my own life. The Holy Spirit did not let me down, as the LORD said through Dawn's writing and in our amazing interview - exactly what I NEEDED to hear!
Mainly, whether discerning if I am trying to draw near to God and what HE wills, or if I am still trying to draw HIM TO me and my will? Do I love God for being God, or for what HE does for me? Guess which one I discovered it was?? It was a subtle, but poignant, distinction as I discovered as I read Dawn's recounting of St. Peter Faber's reflections in the “Memoriales”.
Come close to God, and
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“Delight yourself in the LORD;