By Fr. Corneille Boyeye, MSC 

Lenten season: A journey of personal transformation

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Rom. 12:2)

For many people, Lent brings up childhood memories of giving up candy or sitting through weekly Stations of the Cross. Words like “sacrifice,” “discipline,” and “self-denial” are often used in ways that suggest that Lent is something to be endured rather than a time of grace and spiritual growth. Lent is not about what you give up. It’s about who you become.

Each year the Church gives us for six weeks to look at our lives to see if our values and priorities are in line with God’s desires for us. Since most of us find that we’ve wandered from God’s path, Lent becomes that second chance, or do-over, to “return to God with our whole heart.”

Lent is all about growing in our Faith. Therefore, consider strengthening your Lenten practices with new goals that will have a lasting impact on your personal life. Lent should be a deep personal encounter with Jesus Christ and a real opportunity for Christ to help transform us from within.

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