ST. AUGUSTINE ON PENANCE: EXAMPLES AND BENEFITS OF OFFERING SACRIFICES TO GOD.


ST. AUGUSTINE ON PENANCE:
EXAMPLES AND BENEFITS OF OFFERING SACRIFICES TO GOD.

Lent is a time for conversion and growth in one’s intimacy with God. Spurred by a humble and contrite heart, we are invited to put into practice the means to take advantage of this time of grace and salvation: prayer, sacraments, works of mercy and penance (or sacrifices, or mortification). As to the latter, St. Augustine comments on its benefits:

“Penance purifies the soul, elevates the thought, submits the flesh to the spirit, makes the heart contrite and humbled, dissipates the darkness of concupiscence, extinguishes the fire of the passions and ignites the true light of chastity” (Sermon 73).

Examples of penance or sacrifices are:

– controlling our tongue when we do not have something nice to say;
– offering our tiredness with joy;
– eating more of what we do not want;
– making an act of service with a smile and without expecting nothing in return;
– being punctual in our prayer and work;
– overcoming our laziness by fulfilling our small duties each day;
– guarding our sight along the streets;
-controlling one’s imagination and rejecting any negative thought;
– avoiding  any unnecessary complaints throughout the day;
– moderate use of internet…and so on.

You might want to bring to your prayer which sacrifices you would like to offer Our Lord. Suggestion: choose those which make life pleasant to the people around you…

Let us then intensify our preparation for the Easter celebration by making use of the means God has placed within our reach.

May your servants be shielded, O Lord, by the protection of your loving-kindness, that, doing what is good in this world, they may reach you, their highest good.  Prayer over the people, Wednesday, 4th week of Lent.

Cordially inviting you to like our FB page www.facebook.com/catholicsstrivingforholiness, subscribe to our website https://catholicsstrivingforholiness.org and share our posts to help more people in their Catholic faith and life. Thanks and God bless! Fr. Rolly Arjonillo

1 reply »

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Blog Stats

  • 1,425,785 hits

LATEST POSTS FROM OUR NEW WEBSITE: Catholics striving for holiness

Cannot load blog posts at this time.

Top Posts & Pages

DAILY PRAYER TO SANTO NIÑO (HOLY CHILD JESUS).
SANTO NIÑO SUNDAY MASS PRAYERS AND READINGS (A, B, C)
DAILY PRAYER TO THE HOLY FAMILY OF NAZARETH.
THANKSGIVING PRAYER TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS (St. Josemaria).
HOW TO CONFESS? HERE ARE THE EASY STEPS. Confession chart and examination of conscience guides.
GUIDE TO HOLY ROSARY. Help more people by offering each mystery for an intention.
3rd Sunday of January FEAST OF SANTO NIÑO or HOLY CHILD JESUS  (PHILIPPINES).
A PRAYER TO THE HOLY CHILD JESUS.
POPE FRANCIS ON THE INFANT JESUS.
PRAYERS TO ST. MICHAEL, ST. GABRIEL, AND ST. RAPHAEL.
%d bloggers like this: