Fr. Christopher Etheridge, IVE
Venerable Fulton Sheen once wrote, “If you want people to stay as they are, tell them what they want to hear. If you want to improve them, tell them what they should know.”
You should know that Lent always comes to us as a moment of grace. But do we live it as such? Mature Christian men and women should not be satisfied with living Lent the same way they did as children, giving up sweets, not watching TV, or praying a little more each day. These were good penances when, like I said, we were children, but we are no longer children now. We must be coherent in our search for maturity. If we want to be treated and respected as mature adults in all aspects of our lives, then we must also approach our spiritual lives maturely.
Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of the Child Jesus.
This specific Feast represents well the total and free offering of self to God, because it was on this day that Mary offered Jesus to the Father. All the faithful, through our baptismal consecration, can imitate today’s mystery by offering our littleness to the Father through the hands of Mary.