Fr. Patrick writes: Build Virtue and Shun Vice

Day 7: Build Virtue and Shun Vice

Lent recalls the mystery of Jesus Christ led by the Spirit into the desert for forty long days in preparation for His ministry and ultimately for His Passion and death that brought salvation to you and I. Lent should be a time for personal reflection that should prepare our hearts and minds for Good Friday and Easter.

It is a time of preparation for us and an opportunity to go deeper with God. This period of a long retreat, just like every retreat, is an opportunity to do things in a better way: praying in a better way, showing genuine kindness, loving without counting the cost, etc.

In addition to these good works, we need some virtues:
1. Docility- this is the virtue of “teachableness”. According to St. Thomas Aquinas, “it is the part of prudence that allows us to acquire knowledge through the teaching of another. Here, let us know that the Holy Spirit is the sole teacher at every retreat. Let’s know that it’s easy for us to be docile if we are aware of our own desperation. And the two obstacles to this virtue are Laziness and Pride.

2. Openness- retreat will not magically transform us. We can only experience that transformative grace if we are open. God can fill us only when we are open just like we can only fill a bottle with water when it is opened.

3. Flexibility- we need to be flexible and not be too rigid with the activities of our Lent. The Spirit is like the wind that blows wherever it wants to. Allow the Spirit to move you.

4. Truth- we need to be sincere and true to ourselves in order to accept and acknowledge our weaknesses, our area of temptations and then we can work on it.

With these virtues, our fast, prayer and alms-giving will yield great spiritual harvest for us.

Read:📖 Luke 18:9-14
Prayer Point:🙇🏽‍♀️ Pray for God’s intervention and end to COVID-19.
Action:👉🏽 Pray this prayer multiple times today: “Come, Holy Spirit and renew me. Amen”

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