Time and Transformation

Every week on Catholic New York newspaper’s website, there is a column that discusses the upcoming Gospel reading for Sunday Mass.  The column is called “Word to Life.”  The most recent one deals with the idea of transformation.

During Lent, as we look forward to Easter and the transformation of the Lord, it’s a good time to examine our own lives and how we, too, can transform ourselves.  I was so struck by the Word to Life column because in it, the author writes, “In my typical result-oriented fashion, I welcome the personal transformation that God promises because I anticipate the magnificent outcome. What I don’t welcome is the intricate and hidden process by which God takes me there.”

 I have found that in my own life, my desire far exceeds my patience to transform bad habits or to build up good habits, especially regarding my faith.  Perhaps a bit of it has to do with the type of world we live in, where instant gratification surrounds us every day.  I have found this Lent that the spiritual work I am trying to do to transform my soul takes baby steps—and time.

In a previous post, I wrote about how I have a magnet hanging near my computer that says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).  Maybe during Lent I should look up and at that magnet more, and really try to take to heart the message there. 

Do you struggle with patience as well?  Or perhaps another virtue has made you stumble as you try to keep your Lenten promises?  Please share how you are doing with other readers who may be struggling with the same thing. 

If you would like to read the Word to Life column, visit www.cny.org and hit the tab for “Our Faith.”

Or click on this link: http://www.cny.org/stories/Word-to-Life-,8929

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One thought on “Time and Transformation”

  1. I too lack patience. I’m often told that is my biggest character flaw. I also admit to being kind of lazy at times, often about my faith, and not having a lot of will-power. This is not a good combination for Lent, which puts a premium on these three virtues. I agree, our culture has made us this way. We live in a time of instant gratification and are constantly told “you can have it all” often without much effort on your part! I need to try harder. Good luck to you too!

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