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Fifth Friday of Lent Reflection: Deacon Kevin Sartorius

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of Lenten reflections by the clergy of the Cathedral. Each deacon and priest will submit a reflection on a Friday of Lent. This is a short reflection, courtesy of Deacon Kevin Sartorius. [photo: Deacon Kevin Sartorius and his wife, Jennifer]

 

Deacon Kevin and Jennifer SartoriusOur Lenten readings time and again show examples of people who do not believe in Jesus as the Christ, the Savior of the World. Some encounter Christ with skepticism, others with open hostility. Many ask for a sign, others push him away and in the end, they work to kill him.

In the modern world we feel as though we are above all that. We rest on our good education and reliance on civil discourse at the United Nations and such. Yet we all find people who openly attack the Church, the conclave for the new Holy Father, and Christianity itself.

It happens on radio and tv. They mock our faith and poke fun at our traditions. It happens in the daily lives of people we live around as they openly live lives of scandal, telling everyone that their sinfulness is justifiable and really not a sin at all.

What are we to do? Lent is a time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. I would suggest that when we see this hostility and openly sinful behavior that we turn to God and ask him to shower down His grace on our broken world. I suggest that we continue to engage the media, our brothers and sisters, and the entire world in a way that will show them God’s mercy and love.

I know it’s a difficult task. It’s hard not to become bitter, it’s hard not to tune out. But God has chosen you to be His instrument to reach out to the world so that all might come to know Him that whoever believe in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

And what a wonderful example we have in our catechumens and candidates who have been diligently working through our RCIA program. Through all the difficulties of our culture they have found their way to the fullness of faith, the Catholic Church. They are living proof that if we open our hearts and love the world we can all be transformed into the body of Christ.

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