Lent is the perfect time to reflect upon God’s amazing grace. Year after year we are given these 40 days that call us back to focus on the goodness of God. It is astonishing to remember that God never tires of pouring his grace upon us during this season marked by ashes.
In the midst of our Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving let us be open to God’s grace. Lent is a time for us to be open to the transformation that comes from being touched by God. We are called to examine our lives, recognize our weaknesses, confess our sins, and ask for forgiveness. Lent is the perfect time to welcome God’s amazing grace deep into our hearts.
There are three simple tips we can follow to better experience God’s amazing grace this Lent. First and foremost we need to be still. In our quite time of prayer and reflection we show our openness and receptivity for God’s grace. Take extra time for quiet and prayer during these forty days. Next, Lent is a good time to remove vices. We need to clear the way in order to experience all that God has in store for us. This is where the Sacrament of Reconciliation comes into play. Third, the season of Lent give us the perfect opportunity to practice acts of kindness. As we personally experience God’s grace it is important for us to pass that goodness on to others. Along with “giving-up something for Lent” we should commit ourselves to doing something good for someone else.
During this season of Lent may we reach out with joy to grasp God’s hand and to walk more readily in his amazing grace.
“The season of Lent offers believers the opportunity of having a profound experience of God, who strengthens our spirit, confirms our faith, nourishes our hope, and animates our charity.” —Pope Benedict XVI
Sister Lisa Maurer
Sister Lisa Maurer was born and raised in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. Before entering the Monastery, she taught and coached in Catholic Schools within the New Ulm Diocese. Sister Lisa made her first Monastic Profession in August 2009 and on July 11, 2012, she made her Perpetual Profession. Her first ministry was working at the parishes of St. Lawrence and St. Joseph in Duluth. Currently she is the Mission Integration Manager of the Benedictine Health System.See all of Sister Lisa’s posts.