This Lent I want to share with you the writings of Henri J. M. Nouwen. He was one of the most innovative and influential spiritual writers of the past century. He wrote 39 books on the spiritual life that have sold millions of copies. I will be quoting from his books.
” Lord, have mercy…” That’s the prayer that keeps emerging from the depth of our being and breaking through the walls of our cynicism. Yes, we are hopeless sinners; everything is lost and nothing is left of our hopes and dreams. Still there is a voice: ” My grace is enough for you!” And we cry again for the healing of our cynical hearts and dare to believe that indeed in the midst of our mourning, we can find a gift to be grateful for. (from With Burning Hearts: A Meditation of the Eucharistic Life)
We can’t make it on our own and the reality won’t just go away. Choose to let Christ transform your heart and life. This only happens on your knees in prayer. Make the time. Do it. Watch what God does.
“Choose life!” Dt 30:19 from today’s Mass, 1st reading
Keep praying. Keep singing.