Mercy Meditations

Confess Your Sins and Fight the Devil

By Chris Sparks

It’s easy for those of us who are actively practicing Catholics to forget how hard it is to come back to Confession if you’ve been away for a while.

After all, how often are you expected to be completely honest with someone, to lay bare all your deepest, darkest secrets, to frankly confess the worst actions of your life?

'You Are Dust'

Lent, which begins today - Ash Wednesday - is not supposed to be easy.

Right away, we confront an uncomfortable truth: "Remember, you are dust, and to dust you will return."

That's what the priest tells us as he smears the burned residue of palm fronds upon our foreheads. Not exactly the feel-good sentiments that inspire merriment. (Hallmark doesn't make Ash Wednesday greeting cards.)

But, of course, Lent's arduous, 40-day journey leads to the greatest of all possible rewards: our salvation.

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