The following message is from Fr. Pat Brennan. It has been edited for length and clarity.
Jesus pushes beyond the externals of the law and asks us, His followers, to reach into the level of attitudes and motivation. Not only are we to, behaviorly keep the law; we are to constantly work at the purification of attitudes and motives. This is what He is referring to when He calls us away from judgment, anger, impatience, lust. He is calling us always to take inventory, stock, of the inner self, the hidden self, that only God in each of us knows about. Jesus wants us to cleanse, not just our external physical selves, He wants us to reach deeply into our hearts and souls and minds and cleanse our inner self. Continue reading “A Message for Lent”