Imagine Jesus standing at a door with a lantern in his hand and the verse from Revelation 3, Verse 20: “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, then I will enter his house and dine with him and he with me.”
Penitence is really about conversion. We are turning towards the Lord and away from what is harmful and sinful. The three disciplines of Lent - fasting, almsgiving, and prayer - are to help us leave behind what separates us from God.
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How does Noah’s Ark speak to the situation we are in today? Well, God had asked Noah and his family to move into the Ark. They would live in tight quarters and they had no idea how long they would be on the water. While the instructions to build the Ark had many details, they did not come with a handbook for weathering the storm.
How do families become alive with goodness? One way to become fully alive as a healthy, loving, family is by praying together. But I would like to draw your attention to another way we can make our families thrive in Christ - and that is by living a virtuous life together. How do we achieve a virtuous life together as a family?
“On February 11, 1858, a beautiful woman appeared to Bernadette Soubirous in a remote stone grotto outside of Lourdes, France. When asked her name, she replied, ‘I am the Immaculate Conception.’"
A woman always cut off the ends of a ham before putting it into the pan and setting it in the oven. She did this every holiday. When a friend asked her the reason, she looked perplexed and said, “I don’t know. My mother always did it." So the woman went to ask her mother why she trimmed the ham, and the mother replied, "Because that's what my mother, your Grandmother, did."