What Do You Want This Lent? | Ash Wednesday





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Published on Feb 20, 2020

Where are you this Lent? Do you want more than what you have?

Start with this: it’s not about us and what we can do. It’s about a relationship. In this relationship, God gave us everything. Jesus gave up his life for our hearts. Maybe we’re putting energy toward hiding something, like a sin. Imagine that this Lent you can be freed from whatever that may be. There are many chains in which a heart can be tangled, but Christ is the only one strong enough to break all of them. Instead of putting energy toward trying to break these chains, give your heart to God as a sacrifice this Lent.

The word “sacrifice” comes from the Latin words “sacer” (sacred) and “facer” (to make), so it essentially means to make something sacred. It means offering something to God so he can make it holy. What is God calling you to sacrifice this Lent?

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got,” Fr. Mark Toups says. So think about offering something different to God this Lent, because God wants more for you.

Lent is for those who need a savior, forgiveness, and mercy. It’s a chance to grow in the most important relationship we can have, with the God of the universe.

For more guidance on how to make this Lent a life-changing time for you, check out Fr. Mark’s Lenten Companion.

The Ascension Lenten Companion
Featuring Father Mark Toups

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