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The original ‘Mr. Clean’

 

Lent means spring. And spring means cleaning.

In centuries past, when winter meant long, enforced hours and days shut inside with everyone and everything else, spring cleaning wasn’t an option -- it was a necessity! Crammed inside with everyone, and often your domestic animals -- in the case of those with a few goats, chickens, or a milk cow or two -- things got rather aromatic and dirty.

Spring was a time to fling all the doors and windows open, to let fresh air and sunshine in, and to sweep all the dirt and filth out.

It’s springtime for souls.

We can’t get inside to sweep or mop, but we have access to the best soul-cleaning agent in the world: God. He’s the original “Mr. Clean.”

Sin -- things we do and know are wrong -- separate us from God. It weighs us down.

We can see how cleaning a dirty window -- a windshield, for example -- makes a visible difference to how something functions.

How much better can we function with a clean soul? Can you imagine what we can do with God’s help?

We are not perfect; we can only try. We are going to fall, at least sometimes. But our loving God understands and He forgives, making us clean, ready to try again.

“If we acknowledge our sin, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing” (1 John 1:9).

Spend some time with Mr. Clean. With His love and forgiveness -- His “magic eraser” -- our souls can soon shine brightly, as they are meant to do!

Ready for some spring cleaning?

St. Ann’s will host a Lenten mission Monday through Wednesday, March 4-6, at 7 p.m. each evening. Deacon Jack Karam will be the speaker. Confessions will be heard Sunday, March 3, from 7:30-8:45 p.m. and March 6 from 8-9 p.m.

Knights of Columbus Council 12208 continues its Fish Fry each Friday during Lent, from 5-7 p.m. Plates are $7 each, dine-in or take-out, in Goertz Hall.

Masses at St. Ann Catholic Church are 5:30 p.m. Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., noon (Spanish), and 5:30 p.m. Visit www.stannslv.org for more information.

 
 
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