Reflection 58: Purification of Sin

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Sin is a topic that many avoid.  We don’t like to think about our sins.  We don’t like to admit to them, and we often rationalize them as if we do not have any.  We can easily come up with excuses for this “sin” or that.  But here is another perspective on sin.  We should see our sin, no matter how grave or how small, as a little twig.  And then we should see a huge and blazing fire.  If you were to throw that twig into the fire it would immediately be consumed.  The twig is our sin and God’s Mercy is so powerful that it can easily and quickly consume it.  We only need to be willing to admit our sins and throw them into that burning fire of Divine Mercy (See Diary #178).

Can you admit your sin?  Do you see your sin?  No excuses, just honesty.  And are you willing to confess your sins, all of them, in the sacramental fire of Reconciliation?  If you are aware of the power of God’s Divine Mercy and His willingness to eliminate your sin, you will have no fear in honestly admitting it and letting Him consume it.  Try to examine your conscience today and face that which you need to let God burn away.

Lord, Your Divine Mercy is infinite and most powerful.  It is a flame of burning love.  Help me to trust in You enough to face my sin honestly and to throw it into the fire of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  May I trust in this glorious Sacrament and, in so doing, may I trust in You.  Jesus, I do trust in You.

Prayers for Peace

 

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Two great books for Lent:

Lent and Easter Reflections
Updated for Lent & Easter 2022 with additional reflections and more detailed Table of Contents

Lent and Easter Reflections is one of four books that makes up the Catholic Daily Reflections Series. As a devotional it is a great resource for daily meditation and prayer offering reflections on the Gospel of the day in a practical, faithful and down-to-earth way. It is formatted in such a way that it can be used for any liturgical year, offering reflections on every Gospel option, including Sunday Years A, B & C, every daily Mass option and all Feasts and Solemnities. Allow the death and resurrection of Christ to transform your heart more fully this Lent and Easter!  It is also available in paperback & eBook format!

40 Days at the Foot of the Cross:
A Gaze of Love from the Heart of Our Blessed Mother

Through this daily devotional you are invited to prayerfully ponder the mind and heart of our Blessed Mother as she endured the great suffering inflicted upon her own dear Son.  Mother Mary faced the Cross of her Son with perfect faith, love and devotion. Her fidelity to her Son throughout His life was unwavering. As she stood before the Cross during those long three hours, that fidelity never ceased.