Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Power of the Cross: Second Week of Lent, Wednesday - The Cross of Christ Unites in Liberty

Ask — What continues to enslave me?

Seek — Ask God to point out areas of slavery that still exist in your life. As you go through your day, catch yourself not being true to who you really are, and ask yourself: Who are you serving now?

Knock — Meditate on Romans 7:22-25. Paul talks about delighting in the law of God but finding himself at war with other parts of himself. Spend time reflecting on what delights you about God's law. Ask Christ to save you.

Transform Your Life — Thomas Merton wrote about what he called a person's True Self. Prayer, Merton argued, helps us to discover our True Self: the person God created us to be, totally free from the expectations and demands of others. By contrast, the False Self is enslaved; he cannot be himself, but only what he thinks others want him to be. Starting today, ask God to redeem you from the slavery of the False Self.

The Power of the Cross: Applying the Passion of Christ to Your Life, p. 73.)

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