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As We Move Toward the End of Lent: Still Time to Clean House and Make Room for God

When we clean out the house within, we make more room for the presence of God. He comes and lives within, transforming us by His Spirit and expanding our capacity to love. Let us make room for God.

Cleaning out garages is a metaphor for so much more. Cleaning out the house within is an even greater challenge. However, failure to do so carries with it much more of a consequence. After all, the Christian vocation is always a call to make room for God.The call to develop a life of prayer and dialogue with God in a communion of love is forever challenging. It requires our continual response to His continual invitations. It also entails \"cleaning out the garage\" at times, cleaning out the place within, where God wants to come and dwell. He deserves the best of quarters, emptied of anything that will compete with His residency.


CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - \"I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me, because I live and you will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me and I in you.Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.\" (Jesus, St. John, Chapter 14)

\"God built heaven and earth to be the dwelling place of the human race. But He also built the human body and soul to make them his own abode, so that He might dwell therein and rest there as in a well kept house.\" (Pseudo Macarius. 4th Century)

\"The Spirit is the place of the saints and the saint is the place of the Spirit\" (Basil of Caesaria)

Finally, we are having some beautiful Spring days. This weekend, I will clean my garage. As has been the case for many, many years and in many homes, I have put the task off for far too long.

Sound familiar?

I procrastinate both because it is an unpleasant experience and, in my case, because it involves sorting through boxes of materials, some of which contain disappointing and painful experiences out of my past. I would rather not revisit them. However, with the continued \"encouragement\" (I am being diplomatic) of my dear wife, I will finally undertake the task.

It will be, as it always is, cathartic. There is much that is \"new\" beginning in our life together. I know that unless I clear out what we have accumulated from the past, and make room, there will also be no place to hold what is needed for the next chapter.

Cleaning out garages is a metaphor for so much more. Cleaning out the house within is an even greater challenge. However, failure to do so carries with it much more of a consequence. After all, the Christian vocation is always a call to make room for God.

We were created, and re-created in Christ, to become a dwelling place for God. We therefore need to make room for Him, to clear out the clutter which arises over the years and has the tendency to distract us from what really matters.

We have so many helps, such as the examination of conscience and the gift of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, to assist us in the task. All of the resources of the Church are there to help us to fulfill our Baptismal vocation to live in God, for God and, with God. To live in the heart of the Church for the sake of the world.

The call to develop a life of prayer and dialogue with God in a communion of love is forever challenging. It requires our continual response to His continual invitations. It also entails \"cleaning out the garage\" at times, cleaning out the place within, where God wants to come and dwell. He deserves the best of quarters, emptied of anything that will compete with His residency.

Jesus told us that we are to be the \"salt of the earth\" (Mt. 5:13). He warned that salt can lose its savor. When it does, it no longer seasons or preserves. Our capacity to love God, and in Him, to love those around us, expands as we empty ourselves of the unnecessary \"stuff\" that we accumulate in this pilgrimage of life.

This is part of the reason why confession and authentic repentance are so important if we hope to progress in an interior life and cultivate a vibrant relationship with the God who comes to dwell within.

Lethargy of soul or \"luke-warmness\" in the spiritual life, in the words of one of my favorite priest writers, Father Fernandez, \"gives up at the slightest difficulty\" and \"makes mountains out of molehills\". \"Love for God, on the other hand\" the good priest writes \"makes a molehill out of the mountain.\"

When we clean out the house within, we make more room for the presence of God. He comes and lives within, transforming us by His Spirit and expanding our capacity to love. Let us make room for God.

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Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for December 2014
Christmas, hope for humanity:
That the birth of the Redeemer may bring peace and hope to all people of good will.
Parents: That parents may be true evangelizers, passing on to their children the precious gift of faith.

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  1. George Ronald Adkisson
    8 months ago

    Deacon, cleaning house is a daily chore when you were born in the obtrusive Sates of America...even you would regret practicing what you really know is the truth while viewing the light and darkness of a body of men in government destroy religion with their coins...the coins are never going to be God's coins.
    Acceptance in human psychology is a person's assent to the reality of a situation.
    1 Corrinthians 5:11
    "But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. "
    The fact is you can not associated with the man if he was the greatest personality that ever exited while the detrimental coin remained in that equation.

  2. George Ronald Adkisson
    8 months ago

    Walking before men, the changed correct man is easy...Allowing someone else to appreciate what they could have never accomplished themselves, is challenging in the united States.The one walking before men was observed, his acts proven correct...but the ones observing knew he owed a fine, tax, fee or something they could use for their own selfish reasons...and they are determined to make that conclusion happen.Judges sit as if saying "if they get away with it I guess they did" while muderers and rapists continue to rule.It's similar to shinning the polish on your rag with the wrong shoe. You know you can not get away with what you knew about the uS government's illicit actions...so you let go of what is definately not your problem...and warned all the others.
    Proverbs 16:5
    "Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished. "
    A wise man will never introduce his children to a government...he'll say "I am you parent."

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