We’re at the end of Lent; the challenge of Lenten sacrifice is almost to the end. The questions again are:
1. Why do we as Catholics strive to live penitential lives?
2. Why do we decide to take on acts of penance? (In other words, how can we do penance most faithfully?)
Good news! This blog seeks to answer the two above questions and to help us have a better Lent (and hopefully faith life). See Part 1 here. Part 2 is here. Part 3 is here. Part 4 is here. Part 5 of 5 is below.
It makes us feel super virtuous!
Five is a nice round number, however THE ABOVE STATEMENT IS NOT TRUE. We do not fast or make sacrifices because it makes us feel tough or more virtuous than our neighbor. This is Pride, which is not a good. Rather, we should strive to keep silent about our sacrifices, so only God knows. We make sacrifices as a way to pray for ourselves and others, not to gain attention. For Jesus says, “But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.” (Matt 6:6).
Let’s remember why we DO penance/make sacrifices in our lives. These may be reasons 1-4, or some other reason, but this fifth reason should not be one of them.
May your Holy Week be blessed.