He allows temptation, and uses it providentially to purify you, to make you holy, to detach you more from the things of earth…and above all, to make you humble…
Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. James1:12
Collected from In Conversation with God, by Fr. Francis Fernandez.
“and a sword will pierce…even your own soul–
to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed”
What will I do for Lent?
As I prayed about what I should ‘do’ this year for Lent,
this is what came to mind.
“Choose not what you know you can be successful at, but what will draw you closer to Me.”
Have mercy on me, God, in Your Kindness,
in Your Compassion blot out my offence.
O wash me more and more from my guilt
and cleanse me from my sin.
My offences truly I know them:
my sin is always before me.
Against You, You alone, have I sinned;
what is evil in Your Sight I have done.
A pure heart create for me, O God;
put a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from Your Presence,
nor deprive me of Your Holy Spirit.
Give me again the joy of Your Help;
with a spirit of fervour sustain me.
O Lord, open my lips
and my mouth shall declare Your Praise.
translation selected for In Conversation with God volume 2 for Ash Wednesday