by our sins when we refuse to live
in the forgiveness we have received.
This can greatly affect our freedom
to believe in and respond to God’s
call in our lives.
Young adults sometimes encounter serious sin before they come
to the realization of who they are
in God and what they are called to
be. Young adults can be misled into
abuse of alcohol and drugs and casual sexual encounters that decay their
moral life. These can leave deep
scars. One difficult situation I have
encountered involved a woman who
had had an abortion 15 years earlier.
She knew that God could forgive
even that sin. But somehow she be-
lieved she had to continue to punish
herself. Her belief became like a ball
GOD SPEAKS during
both the inner and outer
events of our lives. Sister
Fidelis Marie Lanowich,
O.S.B. takes part in a
at Immaculata Monastery.
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CLERICS OF ST. VIATOR
BR. JOHN EUSTICE, C.S.V.
and chain attached to her leg. God
had already cut the ball free, but she
felt like she still had to drag it about.
God says, “I take your sins away
The old order has passed away; now
as far as the east is from the west”
(Ps. 103: 12). We are called to live
as persons fully restored to life; in
grace we know that we are beautiful
and free to become a new creation in
the Lord. “This means that if anyone
is in Christ, he is a new creation.
all is new” ( 2 Cor. 5: 17)!
LISTEN to the Spirit
The second aspect in the discernment process is to listen to the
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