WE MAY DISCOVER a lot of junk in the basements of our inner selves. Old wounds, past losses, and shameful deeds may lie covered, out of sight most of the time but still bothersome. A good housecleaning may be needed—not just the living room but the basement as well; not just tidying up a bit but getting rid of accumulated stuff.
Unrepented-of sin prevents us from welcoming Christ into the center of our being. Harmful attitudes and behaviors can obscure the grace of God for us. Metanoia in Greek, “repentance” in English, means a change of mind, a new mental state. We exchange the self-centered mind for the power of the Spirit to free us from harmful practices and attachments.
– J. David Muyskens
Forty Days to a Closer Walk with God: The Practice of Centering Prayer
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What needs to be tidied up in your spirit? Share your thoughts.
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
Psalm 23:1, NRSV
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This week we remember: Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (April 17).
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