Do you hoard things as I do? Do you keep things because,’ they might come in handy again one day’? Then do you find that there comes a day when there is so much clutter that everything looks so untidy and you really just have to get down to sorting it all out?
Our Spiritual lives can also be like this and Lent is that time to get to work on clearing up the mess! What sort of things do we sore up inside? Here is a suggested list:
Old hurts and the desire to avenge ourselves;
Rejection that has damaged our self-image;
Episodes that have damaged our faith;
The desire to blame others;
Selfish ambitions unfulfilled;
The desire for recognition;
Absorption in the accumulation of wealth;
Anything, that takes the place of God as the core of our lives.
Why not make a list of your own and then ask yourself why you are holding on to them and make a note of the damage they are doing to your spiritual lives and in what way they hamper your spiritual growth?
We can do this with a trusted friend so that we can help each other? Alternatively, the church can provide us with Spiritual Directors or Confessors to guide us in this task. Our Director may be ‘Lay’ or ‘Ordained’.
We may find we are left with much more room for the Holy Spirit to work more effectively with space for Him to add the gifts that are important to us in our work for The Gospel.