By Deacon Dan Dombrosky

Lent gives us six weeks every year to take a look at our lives to see if our values and priorities are in line with God’s desires for us. Since most of us aren’t perfect, Lent becomes that second chance, or do over, to return to God with our whole heart.
If you aren’t happy with your Lent, start again right now! As Rocky Balboa stated beautifully: “It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward.”

There’s some truth there. We have a long way to go, and so many days we get knocked down and beat up. We let our guard down, we give into temptation, and we sin. While it’s inevitable that we will fall, there’s only one way to lose, and that’s if we don’t get back up.

Perfection is our goal and our destination, but that doesn’t mean we are always perfect along the way. It’s with a humble heart that we check our pride at the door, dust ourselves off after we fall, and strive to do better – to do God’s will.