Rend Your Heart For Lent

Lent is an excellent time to watch out for what our hearts desire.  Jesus says it clearly:

For where thy treasure is, there is thy heart also. Matt. 6:21

Sacred-Heart-of-Jesus-1In these days of going to daily Latin Mass, praying, reading the Holy Bible, reflecting on the true condition of our soul and fasting, it is wise to watch what temptations come up.

The devil uses our weaknesses to tempt us.  He watches what we like and incites those desires and passions.

He tried to incite in Jesus’ heart the desire to fill His stomach with bread when He was hungry.

He tried to get Him to avoid all suffering, especially on the cross, by inciting His ability to do miracles and to not suffer no matter what would happen by falling off the top of the Temple.

He tried to incite in Him the easy way of bringing about His Kingdom by quickly adoring the devil and then getting on with His Good Kingdom.

Temptation of_JUAN DE FLANDESSo what are the areas that your heart longs for?  Where is your heart and treasure?

  • Is it food?
  • Is it sex?
  • Is it dirty pictures and books?
  • Is it being loved?
  • Is it shopping?
  • Is it alcohol?
  • Is it drugs?
  • Is it wanting to rest all the time?
  • Is it wanting to be liked by everyone?
  • Is it wanting to be affirmed?
  • Is it being better than others?
  • Is it wanting a lot of money so that you can be happy buying what ever you think will make you happy?
  • Is it working too much to make a lot of money?
  • Is it getting always your way?
  • Is it vanity?
  • Is it dressing sexually so that you are desired by others?
  • Is it making quick money by gambling?
  • Is it winning video and computer games?
  • Is it watching television and soap operas to avoid living our own lives?
  • Is it watching and talking about sports?
  • Is it talking about others so we do not have to look at your own defects?

Anthony Abbot_Temptation of_VOS, Marten deJesus tells us that our evil desires, that lead into sin and away from Him is our heart.

For from the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false testimonies, blasphemies. Matt. 15:19

The prophet Joel reminds us that Lent is about changing the heart from which come our thoughts and then the will puts those desires into action.

Now therefore saith the Lord: Be converted to me with all your heart, in fasting, and in weeping, and in mourning.  And rend your hearts, and not your garments, and turn to the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, patient and rich in mercy, and ready to repent of the evil.  Who knoweth but he will return, and forgive, and leave a blessing behind him, sacrifice and libation to the Lord your God?  Blow the trumpet in Sion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly, Gather together the people, sanctify the church, assemble the ancients, gather together the little ones, and them that suck at the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth from his bed, and the bride out of her bride chamber. Joel 2:12-16.

So, if this lent we can fall more in love with God and Mary, our hearts will want their love and trust their advise.  It will be easier to not sin.  Only then, can our hearts rest in God and Mary.

Other desires never give final rest.  The transitory pleasures that our hearts desire never last.   We all know this.  We have experienced it a thousand times. But for some reason, we keep on falling for the same old trick of our flesh and the devil.   If I just could have this sexual experience, buy this, have this person love me, eat that, go there, make more money, have that perfect job, house, spouse, children; then I will be happy forever.

So again, this lent let us watch carefully what our hearts desire.  Let us redirect our desires toward God, Mary and the eternal things that fulfill and last for ever.

We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics to know this and to be encouraged to let go of passing worldly pleasures and put our hearts set on those of Heaven and God’s love.