16 Mar The Truth Will Set You Free (Jn 8:31-32) by Kevin McNicholas
Reflection: The Truth will set us free. This is a famous saying that many people do not realize was spoken by the Son of God! The Truth is incarnate in the form of a Man: Jesus our Savior! I read recently about a family that is giving up clutter for Lent, in order to benefit the needy in their community. Inspired by this, our family decided to undertake this same project in our home. Each day during Lent, we are going to clean out one area of our home, starting as small as a single drawer or toybox, so as to make regular progress, but to keep from becoming discouraged with a large project all at once. This is a worthwhile time commitment, one that has built as we have gone through Lent, and we have found more and more that we do not need and are able to give away. At no time in history have people in society owned more things, and it is much harder to focus solely on God when our lives are cluttered with material things. The priority we put on these objects determines their importance in our lives. Our 3 ½ year old daughter Ellie asked me what my favorite things were recently, and I showed her my Wedding ring and Rosary, a blessing we have from Pope Benedict, and a few other items. She looked at these with interest, but I then told her that my favorite things were the memories I have with our family, and the times we get to spend together. If all my “stuff” went away tomorrow, it would hardly matter in the course of my life, since my relationship with God and my family are my real blessings in this life, and are what I truly need. The material items, while nice, are hardly worth living for. Today I am going to pray for the courage to give up the unimportant, and focus on He Who is all-important; that there will be no choice for me but God.
Challenge: Rather than focusing on what you can get this Lenten Season, please find something you can give (time, talent, treasure) to make an impact on a person or family in need. We have no further to look than our own communities most of the time!
Pray LIFE Runners Creed to End Abortion.
Inspiration: “Truth is not determined by a majority vote.” ~ Pope Benedict XVI
All In Christ for Pro-Life,
* Kevin McNicholas is a School Social Worker in Southern Illinois. He and his wife Laura have been blessed abundantly with a 3 ½ year old daughter named Elliana (“the Lord Answers”), a 2 year old son named Jeremiah (“God is Exalted”), one baby on the way (due August 2016) and one more in heaven, may Jordan (8.12.15 – 9.3.15) rest in peace. They have also been blessed during the 9 1/2 years of their marriage to be able to visit Catholic pilgrimage sites worldwide, as well as to serve their Parish and community.