Our fifth post in an ongoing series right here on the blog: Delanco Camp veteran Tom McCormick, pictured here with Tenth Avenue North singer Michael Donehey, has been willing to share what God has been teaching him. If you would like to share your testimony or what God’s been teaching you, email firstname.lastname@example.org with blog testimony in the subject line.
Lent. The time of reflection and repentance in the life of the Church. As a Roman Catholic, Lent is extremely important, as we focus on the need to repent, to examine our lives and prepare us for the most holy day, the Resurrection of Christ.
We fast, practice abstinence, go to confession more regularly, all with the intention of drawing closer to the mystery of the Passion. But an aspect of Lent that we focus on is forgiveness. We talk about God forgiving us, how He loves us so much that He forgives our sins, but we also discuss the need to forgive others. As Christ said, unless we forgive others, God will NOT forgive us. That is heavy!!
It is one of the hardest things for a Christian to do, as it is an act of the will, and we may not be so inclined to forgive when we think we deserve to hold a grudge. God does not hold a grudge towards us, so we should not be so quick to do so.
As we continue on with Lent, let us concentrate on His forgiveness, for He has forgiven us a great deal, and we should be quick to forgive. We expect God to forgive us the moment we ask, we should be as quick to forgive. “God have mercy on me, a sinner” should be our prayer.
May God continue to guide us as we seek His heart during Lent.