Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s,
Thank you all for helping with the Disciple Maker Index Survey. I very much appreciate your help and I know the feedback will be helpful.
I want to continue to wish all of us a Blessed Lent. I know that as we come to the first few weeks of Lent we can grow discouraged—a failure in our resolution can make us want to toss in the towel before Lent has really even begun. The thing is, if we stumble, we get back up. I think in the end, this is one of the great lessons of Lent: learning how to handle our stumbling and failures with God’s grace. In the end, we need to realize that God is less shocked by our failings than we are. Like a loving parent or good coach, His concern is helping us back up.
Someone once told me that on the Way of the Cross, Jesus fell three times. Yet each time He fell, He fell forward, closer to the goal of Calvary. It can be a powerful reality to meditate on this as you pray through the Stations of the Cross and imagine each step of that journey.
What a blessing if that were to define our spiritual lives! We hear this famous verse in Romans 8:28: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” What a great prayer, to ask Jesus to bring even good out of evil in our lives.
For us then, we need to learn to fall with grace into grace. In our fight against sin and temptation, if we fall, let us fall into the confessional, this place of the Lord’s mercy. If we have fallen, let us fall into humility, into that act of asking for forgiveness and working to undo any hurt we caused.
Proverbs 24:16 states: “The righteous may fall seven times but still get up.” May the Lord be a part of every step of our Lenten journey—even our stumblings.