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<< Wednesday, October 13, 1999 >>
Romans 2:1-11
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Psalm 62 Luke 11:42-46
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"Do you not know that God's kindness is an invitation to you to repent?" —Romans 2:4

Jesus told the religious leaders of His time that they were "neglecting justice and the love of God" (Lk 11:42). Because of their sinful pride, they were spiritually dead. They were "like hidden tombs over which men walk unawares" (Lk 11:44). Paul wrote to the Christians of Rome that they had "hard and impenitent" hearts and were "storing up retribution for that day of wrath" (Rm 2:5).

Religious people usually have repented of their sins. Yet, this is only a beginning. We need to repent to a much greater depth. However, because we have already repented, we think we have finished repenting. Instead of our initial repentance being a catalyst leading to greater repentances, it becomes a vaccination. We use a little repentance to inoculate ourselves so that we never have deep repentance.

To keep our initial repentance from being used against us, we should:

  • go to Confession at least monthly,
  • ask the Sacred Heart of Jesus to reveal the thoughts and reflections of our hearts (Heb 4:12),
  • silently look at a crucifix for at least one minute a day,
  • use the Bible to examine our consciences daily, and
  • ask for the Holy Spirit to convict us of sin (Jn 16:8).
Prayer: Father, baptize, that is, immerse me in repentance (Lk 3:3).
Promise: "He will repay every man for what he has done: eternal life to those who strive for glory, honor, and immortality by patiently doing right; wrath and fury to those who selfishly disobey the truth and obey wickedness." —Rm 2:6-8
Praise: Steven meditated regularly on the cross of Jesus and began to understand love.
(For related teaching, order our leaflet, The Secret of Confession.)
Nihil obstat: Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, April 10, 1999
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 16, 1999
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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