The Church of Saint Agnes

1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

The Church of Saint Agnes
1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

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1st Week of Lent

Date: 
Sat, 02/24/2018
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

The call of Lent is a call to repentance: to turn away from sin and to turn toward God;
turn away from evil and turn toward virtue.
In today’s gospel the call is quite clear:
turn away from hatred and turn toward love.
 
One need only read the daily newspaper to conclude:  there is a lot of hatred in the world today.
And it seems to be all consuming.
Manifestations of hatred include raging anger, revenge, and most telling…bloodshed.
 
Sins based in hatred come into existence long before a word of ill will is spoken,
long before some act of hostility takes place.
The sin of hatred germinates and then takes root in the human heart, at the center of one’s being.
The evil impulse gains a foothold with nothing more than a thought,
an idea, an act of the imagination.
It doesn’t take much to be seduced by the temptation to entertain a spirit of hate.
Hatred is like a poison.  It destroys.  It debilitates.  It injures and impairs.
It is destructive and harmful.  It inhibits what is good.
With hatred there are always evil consequences.
 
Regarding this matter, to repent is to rid our heart of hatred.
Is there any hatred lurking in the inner shadows of your being?
See if any of the following words can be used to describe any inner activity:
to despise, deep seated dislike, animosity, hostility,
resentment, antagonism, enmity, aversion, wrath, discord,
ill will, revenge, desires to punish and/or to shame, anger,
the feeling of distaste, to be unfriendly, to reject, to not love.
One of the worst types of hatred is self-hatred, self-loathing.  This leads to self-destruction.
 
Hatred is a form of wickedness.
It causes division between people.
To hate is to live in darkness, to be imprisoned in darkness,
to be held in the bondage of darkness.
Hatred is demonic in its origins and in its constitution.
Hatred violates the divinely willed order of life and human experience.
 
On our part we must renounce hatred, repudiate hatred,
intentionally and deliberately refuse to have anything to do with it.
But we must also admit, in our human weakness and imperfection,
we have the capacity to hate and that we are not immune to the temptation to hatred.
 
With his death on the cross Jesus Christ is victorious over hatred.
The salvation Jesus offers us is deliverance from hatred,
freedom from its influence and grasp.
The only force capable of overcoming hatred in our hearts,
the only reality capable of vanquishing hatred altogether is love.
It’s not enough to merely avoid hatred.  We must actively cooperate with that grace
that overcomes hatred.  We must actively practice and promote love.
 
Today’s prayer:  “O Lord, revive our souls, sanctify our hearts, perfect our living in Your Son Jesus Christ.  By Your heavenly teachings and by the working of Your grace, gain for us and within us that life and love that lasts forever.  Amen!”