Recently, when attending Divine Liturgy, the priest’s sermon was about the topic of penance. He started off by acknowledging that most people don’t like the word repentance.
He explained that the word ” regret ” can lead beings to conceives like 😛 TAGEND
But what I acquired most interesting about the speech was when the priest said the following 😛 TAGEND
” Repentance entails simply this: Getting your priorities straight-from-the-shoulder .”
And you know what, he’s right! It was certainly a “nail-on-the-head” moment.
I think sometimes in life we often tend to forget about some very important things: Our faith. Our prices. Virtue…God.
By this I’m not implying that we’re all appalling people, committing horrendous deeds. Although, yes, that can happen- what I’m referring to is the easy ability to slip off course a bit. Perhaps letting the world in more than it should be. Thus allowing God into our stomaches less.
Spiritual tepidity. A half-hearted service to God.
And when this happens, as it does with most of us when we lose place of our priorities, just as Father said in his exhortation- it’s time to reset our priorities through an honest examination of conscience, sorrow, and finally- course-correction.
When we start to grow lukewarm in the services offered of God, it’s a dangerous region to be. It usually starts with praying less, thinking about God less, “ve been thinking about” others less, and thinking about ourselves more than is needed. This often happens without us even being fully aware of it, as we start to search for happiness and relief from the worldly things around us. We may start to lie to ourselves.
This is when our thoughts and wants become too influenced by time-consuming interests, selfish ends, and the wrong standards of worldly people.
And even when looking at each thing objectively, it may not appear negative, or wrong, but collectively in essence, it can develop into a disease that can bring spiritual demise if we don’t speedily fight against it.
Getting your priorities directly.
Because if we don’t, we risk contracting the germs of laziness and worldliness that will grow into a deadly sicknes that if left unexamined can eventually cheat the mind of its life.
And in the end, Death will take all of the world’s things from us, and good-for-nothing will material except in cases of our love for God and the position of our soul.
Sound dramatic? Perhaps. But wake-up calls often are.
Through genuine repentance( coming our priorities straight-shooting ), we acknowledge and feel genuine sorrow for where we’re slipping in our daily life and behaviors. And this then provides us with the opportunity to course-correct, so we can then pay closer attention to our true purpose in life: maintaining our heart and mind ever on Jesus Christ, our Savior.
And depending on how far we’ve slipped, it probably won’t be an immediate course-correction. And that’s ok. But as our patriotism and faithfulness in function our Lord improves each day, so will we.
It’s so easy to become half-hearted and inattentive to our spiritual life living in the world in which we do. Everyday we’re onslaught with negativity, worldliness and superficiality( and worse)- and at a grade that has never been heard of before in history.
I ever think that from a bird’s-eye-view of our current reality, we must seem like crazy folk. But I likewise don’t believe that’s who we are actually or have to be.
Sure, there are some people in serious need of help, and we should do our best to provide it for them through our patronize and prayer. But for the most part, I think parties are inherently good.
We exactly need to take a step back sometimes- examine, relent and get our priorities straight.
And by the way, prayer is a required help to get there. Pray about everything. Pray without discontinuing.( 1 Thess. 5:16 -1 8.)
St. Ignatius says that we must pray as though the matter we desire depended entirely upon God, and we must work as though it depended entirely upon ourselves.
Each hour of the day is an important part of our lives. Whether we’re at work, at home, at frisk, or rest, we can either spend this time in the company of God, trying our best to serve him well …
Or we can live life simply for ourselves.
Examine. Repent and get your priorities straight.
Both you and Our Lord will be glad you did.
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