Sunday Lent Reflections: Forgiveness

The power of forgiveness.God of forgiveness, I am sorry for the times I have disappointed you. I apologize for the faults I’ve committed and the good I neglected to do. Grant me you grace of understanding to acknowledge these sins, make reparations, and I offer these sin to you as sacrifice to your absolution. I ask this in Jesus name. Amen.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
(Psalm 51:10-12)

3 Lenten Practices, Which Should Become a Universal Right

Fasting, almsgiving, and prayer during the forty days of Lent; gives us the opportunities to experience why food, clothing, and shelter should be a universal right. These three traditional practices teach us humility; and to never take these graces for granted, because they aren’t guaranteed indefinitely.

Tomorrow, Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent.

3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.
5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.
14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
(Psalm 51:3-17)