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Lent and My Spiritual Closet

Spiritual ClosetHave you decided yet how you will make the most of this Lenten season that begins today – Ash Wednesday? I find this time of year to be quite cathartic, in that I use it to make things right with God. In essence, I clean out my “spiritual closet.” I look for those things in my life that I want to keep, such as prayer time, good deeds, etc. and find a dedicated place for them in my spiritual closet. Then, I find those areas of my life that need to be tossed – you know – those sins that need to be thrown out. I take them to the Confessional and leave them with God. He knows what to do with them. It’s my way of placing everything in its right order.

What’s in Your Spiritual Closet?

How will you spend your Lenten season to prepare your soul for sharing in Christ’s Resurrection? What will you do to place everything in right order within your life? Some people like to give up their favorite foods/drink as a sacrifice for our Lord. Others give of themselves to meet the needs of the less fortunate. And still others devote more time to prayer, fasting and almsgiving. What do you want to keep, and what needs tossing from your spiritual closet?

The Church gives us the Lenten season to make things right with Our Lord. Here’s some things you might want to keep, or bring in as a new item to your spiritual closet:

  1. Time spent in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – Spend some dedicated time with God, outside of one hour per week at Sunday Mass.
  2. Learn some new prayers that you can incorporate into your normal daily prayer routine.
  3. Begin praying daily, if not already doing so.
  4. Make a point to thank God and praise Him for everything, daily
  5. Give of your treasure to your Church, to a point where you feel the pain (that means giving up something you “want” for the benefit of those in “need”).

Here’s some things you might want to toss from your spiritual closet and give it to the Lord to dispose of:

  1. Your sins – Go to Confession and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Reunite yourself to Christ.
  2. Your pride (seek the virtue of humility)
  3. Your “wants” (seek the virtue of generosity, and become more of a giver rather than a taker)

Clean Your Spiritual Closet

As for me, I need to dispose of my pride, and clothe myself in humility – extra-large size if you catch my drift. My hope for all of us is that we use this Lenten season to make things right with God. Take an inventory of your own spiritual closet. Decide what you want to keep and dispose of what needs tossing out. Trust me, just like cleaning out our physical closets, addressing our spiritual closets is a very cathartic thing to do.

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