Tomorrow we begin the season of Lent, the 40 days preceding Easter. Lent is a penitential season, a time of preparation for the coming of our Lord. It is a time for spiritual housecleaning, for looking at ways we can empty out things which are not of God so that we can make more room for him to enter in to our lives more fully.
This prayer from Saint Augustine seems an appropriate way to enter into the spirit of Lent:
The house of my soul is narrow;
enlarge it that you may enter in.
It is ruinous, O repair it!
It displeases Your sight.
I confess it, I know.
But who shall cleanse it,
to whom shall I cry but to you?
Cleanse me from my secret faults, O Lord,
and spare Your servant from strange sins.
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