Lent 2018 is already half over! I had many ideas brewing in my mind so many it was hard to narrow down what I wanted to write about as thoughts for this Lent. Than an idea hit me why not let God tell you how he would like to use me to shine his light. Well, that is not easy! That may require listening, praying and obeying. I tried listening and being aware of situations, ideas and people God put in my path, life and thoughts; that lasted several days and then this came to the surface:
Often there is a whispering inner voice that tells you how busy you are, how good you and how indispensable you are. However, the truth is, I am nothing without Christ by my side. And only when He is by my side am I able to accomplish anything.
St. Theresa of Lisieux said, “Jesus desires that everything belongs to him, so when I feel that I have nothing to offer, I offer him this nothingness. When he sees we are very much convinced of our nothingness, he extends his hand to us.”
Father Jean-Pierre de Caussade, S.J., said, “To lose oneself in one’s nothingness is the surest means of finding oneself again in God.”
When I do admit my nothingness, than I have room to immerse myself in the grace and mercy God has waiting for me.
Ash Wednesday, when receiving the ashes we heard, “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.”
St. John Vianney prayed, “O Jesus! You descend to my depths, you make divine the dust of my nothingness, and this nothingness, becomes divine, brings forth fruits worthy of you.”
This is what Lent is about for us, almsgiving, praying and fasting along with learning, watching and waiting as Jesus comes to earth like us, into human nothingness and becomes one of us to save us so we can live with Him for eternity.
To know I have a King who knows me by name and still loves me for my nothingness! Pretty Amazing!