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February 16, 2020
The Ten Commandments are not suggestions.
Thousands of years ago, the people of God were given a set of rules to live by: the Ten Commandments. It was a small enough number that people could easily remember them. They were short and to the point; people did not need to be scholars to understand them. God also gifted His people with free will. They could choose to heed or not heed the rules. It seems pretty straightforward, doesn't it? Live by the rules and attain everlasting life. Disregard the rules and endanger personal salvation.
Yet God understands that we are human and often imperfect in our actions. In His infinite mercy, He provides us with the sacrament of Reconciliation for those times we don't meet our goal of living the Ten Commandments. Repentance allows us to continue down the right path even if we take an occasional detour.
So why do we not accept our sinfulness, repent, and move forward? Why do we make excuses like blaming infidelity on alcohol or lying to a loved one to avoid blame? We need to get back to taking ownership of our actions, not looking for loopholes. Jesus said, "Let your 'Yes' mean 'Yes', and your 'No' mean 'No'." We're either following the Ten Commandments or we're not. If we're not, reconciliation can get us back on track—but only if we accept our own sinfulness and stop trying to excuse it away.
Upcoming Retreats and Programs at Ignatius House
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40 Days For Life Kick off
Tuesday night, February 25, 6:30 p.m., Holy Family Catholic Church, 3401 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta
Lenten Forgiveness Retreat - The Monastery of the Holy Spirit
Find Freedom of Heart this Lent Retreat March 13-15. Forgiveness is not forgetting but receiving the gift of inner freedom that enables us to let go of the past and not allow it to define us, our relationships, and even our futures. This retreat offers tools for experiencing the kind of forgiveness that enables us to forgive others and even one's self – often the most challenging and necessary form of forgiveness. Contact Patti 770-760-0959 or for a reservation and suggested donation.
New Respect For Life Newsletter
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