“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Ephesians 4:23-24

TODAY’S WORD…

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Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.

Put on your new nature, created to be like God – truly righteous and holy.

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– Ephesians 4:23-24 (NLT)

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REFLECTION…

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Christian Baptism effects the transition

from the life of sin

to the life of grace,

thanks to the merits of Christ.

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In Baptism we "put on Christ" (Gal 3:27).

From that moment onwards a Christian’s life is so radically different

that to revert to one’s previous conduct

is the greatest insult we could offer the body of Christ.

That is why we must strip ourselves entirely of our old nature

and urgently put on the new.

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The change from the old to the new nature

does not involve any external change, as when someone changes his

clothes,

but rather an inner renewal,

whereby the Christian, by becoming a new creature in Jesus Christ,

is enabled to practice righteousness and holiness

in a manner that exceeds his natural human capacity.

This inner renewal of the person is something which takes a lifetime.

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It is not enough, then, for one to have simply a veneer of piety.

As St Anastasius of Sinai tells us,

"Entering the church and venerating sacred images and crosses

is not sufficient for pleasing God,

just as washing one’s hands does not make one clean all over.

What truly pleases God is that a person flees from sin

and gets rid of his stains by means of confession and penance.

Let him break the chains of his faults by being humble of heart."

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QUOTE…

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"The power of God is made manifest in our weakness

and it spurs us on to fight, to battle against our defects,

although we know that we will never achieve total victory during our pilgrimage on earth.

The Christian life is a continuous beginning again each day.

It renews itself over and over"

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– St. Josemaria Escriva

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Here I am, Holy Spirit – renew me, change me!

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