Be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new nature, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
– Ephesians 4:23-24
Changing from our old to our new nature is not a matter of external change – it is not like a simple change of clothes. It is, rather, an inner renewal, where I, by becoming a new creature in Jesus Christ, become empowered to practise righteousness and holiness in a manner that exceeds my natural human capacity.
With God’s grace, with submission to His will, with full trust in His love for me, with total humility, and with the power of the Holy Spirit, I know that my old nature will give way to my new…
“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” – St Anastasius of Sinai
“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” – St Josemaria Escriva
My Lord, have mercy on me,
and cleanse me from my sins.
Lead me, with the power of Your love,
so that I may draw close to You
and glory in your presence.
Lord, renew me.