Lent Day 3 – A Heart Contrite and Humbled

by gary-foote on February 20, 2015

A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
Psalm 51:19

3.2-20

My eight year-old daughter recently asked me on the way to school, “Dad, will I be a Saint?” I smiled with delight at her question and answered, “Well, that is God’s goal for each of us, to become a Saint. That’s why it’s so important for us to always choose to spend our days moving closer to God and further from sin.” I thought that I had done a good job answering her question and giving her some encouragement, but as I looked in the rearview mirror I saw her face move from an inquisitive look to a look of sadness. I asked her why she looked sad and she replied, “I don’t do things perfect all the time like the Saints.”

We had a good conversation the rest of the way to school about how many of the Saints didn’t always get things perfect in their lives. I didn’t go into details on some of the more “scandalous” Saints within our faith, but the reality is that we have Saints that were murderers, adulterers, liars, cheats, and the like. If we only learned about the early days of some of the Saints’ lives we would probably think we were reading about criminals and not men and women held in the highest esteem for their devotion to God.

So what brought about the radical change from scandal to Sainthood? “A heart contrite and humbled.” The Saints were keenly aware of their failings, but even more profoundly aware that God would not spurn or reject them if they came to Him with a repentant and humbled heart. They trusted in a Father who was just in His punishment, yet unrelenting in His love for each of them. They didn’t fear God, but rather feared what life would be like without Him, especially the eternal life.

Do you trust God not to spurn or despise you because of the mistakes that you have made in the past? Will you allow yourself to be humbled by your sin? Will you rely on God’s forgiveness and mercy? Will you seek Him with a repentant and confident heart? My prayer is that your answer to these questions is a resounding, “Yes,” because God is calling each of us to be a Saint.

My invitation to you is to run to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, confess all of your sins with a heart contrite and humbled, be confident that God is not seeking to spurn you, and embrace the grace of Jesus Christ through the ministry of the priest: God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

God is calling you to be a Saint. What will your response be?

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