By Sister Barbara Hudock, ASC

It is customary during this season of Lent to look for a way to come closer to God.

We live in a confusing time, a time when we thought we knew how things should be and those things are just not happening.

It is a good time to remember that God is the source of our life. God is our rock, our strength.

The readings of the liturgical cycle over the 40 days of Lent are very rich.

They call us to look at our lives and be transformed – to be reconciled and holy, and to repent, forgive and seek.

They tell us that in order to come closer to God, to renew our hearts, we must let something in us die.

Living our lives is not about the confusion that surrounds us.

Living our lives comes from the inside and moves out of us to the world.

Biblical scholar, Sister Sandra Schneiders, IHM, has written that “holiness comes with openness to the Spirit of wisdom, prayer, love, pressing zeal, the very Spirit of Jesus.

“It is not the law which tells us what is good (or that we are good),” she goes on to say. “It is our constant seeking of the good which will enable us finally to discern what, in our human affairs, is truly God’s will.”

So perhaps during this Lenten season, as we seek ways to come closer to God, we can be receivers of the energy of God.

Then we can look for the good in our human affairs and find God’s will there. We can remember and experience again God’s love and care for us and walk with compassion.