Friday, September 20, 2013

Don’t YOU Want a Pure Soul?

At one time, immediately after our Baptism, our soul was pure as the brand new white baptismal garment we were clothed in, but over time sin has soiled and smudged our soul. Over time, our choices in life leave behind residue, like dirt, that must be cleansed by God. Once we have been cleansed by God, however, what choices do we make to keep our soul clean? Jesus asks us, “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8.36) Many times, we make choices that bring smudges that soil our soul. Too often, we place more care for our white clothes than for our immortal soul. The message of the Holy Cross to deny ourselves and follow Christ, is an invitation to turn away from the choices that leave dirt on our soul in favor of a way of life Christ has established in His Church, to remain pure. Even with the best intentions there are times when sin again leaves its residue on our soul. But rather than giving up and “living in sin,” it is our chance the come for Holy Confession to have our soul purified once again, giving us another chance to remain pure. Each and every time we sin, we are able to return to God and His Church and seek forgiveness and have our soul purified.

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