A Personal Great Spiritual Reset
Using Lent to Prepare for Our Brave New World
Lent is my favorite time of year, which always makes me think that I should make some more permanent changes throughout the year that resemble Lent. Then my desire for comfort, convenience, and efficiency kicks in and my big ideas fall be the wayside soon after Easter.
As Lent approaches this year, I have an overwhelming spiritual notion that this is the year that this needs to happen more than ever, and that it will happen by choice or by force.
You are probably aware of the Great Reset being orchestrated by the World Economic Forum (WEF). If not, it is time to get up to speed on it, and fast. It is well underway. Here is a link listing 8 predictions for 2030 put out by the WEF that sent a chill up my spine. The first person that came to my attention critiquing the Great Reset, and the source of the most extensive analysis I have seen, is Glenn Beck. Here is a segment from his radio show on Jan. 28, 2021 (as the WEF was meeting and one of its leaders was texting him) that gives a good outline of what is really going on.
Given that us ordinary people don’t get a seat at the table in Davos, or even real representation there, it is essentially impossible for any of us to have a direct impact on this wonderful plan to put all the power in the world in the hands of a handful of elite politicians and businesspeople. There might be ways to influence things over time, but far more important right now is the need to be the people who can stand up for Truth when the time comes, to each undertake a Personal Great Reset.
Note: Several recent articles have given lists of possible actions for our consideration. These were building toward this article as ideas that could be taken on by me or others considering a Personal Great Reset this Lent.
1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm and said:
2 Who is this who darkens counsel with words of ignorance?
3 Gird up your loins now, like a man; I will question you, and you tell me the answers!
4 Where were you when I founded the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.
“Gird our loins,” yes! That is the message that has been bouncing around inside me for weeks, but just found its voice today.
We all know that our world is an out-of-control mess due to the broken philosophies we follow and the sin that derives from it. We have all been materially spoiled, sitting around in the greatest comfort the world has ever known and taking it for granted. We stand by while unspeakable evil, every bit the equal of pagan Rome, goes on all around us. Some of it is even done with our active participation in the form of funding through our taxes. Yet, we stand by and watch it go on, preferring our comfort to the messy business of speaking up for real.
Job too seems to have been comfortable at the beginning and end of his story. That middle part of his story though, now that was rough! The big difference, Job was a righteous man throughout, and most of us are not, myself included.
We as a society certainly deserve the Justice (wrath) of God, and many are starting to believe that it is here. We can continue to sit around and watch, like all of this is some kind of fictional movie or try to somehow prepare. Many people have been storing food and other provisions, especially since the Toilet Paper outage of last Spring. TP is not the solution. This is a spiritual battle just like Job’s.
35 “Gird your loins and light your lamps
36 and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.
37 Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them.
38 And should he come in the second or third watch and find them prepared in this way, blessed are those servants.
39 Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.
40 You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”
Thankfully, the hour has not yet come, we still have time to gird our loins. Don’t we all need a Personal Great Spiritual Reset this Lent. Deep inside, I think we all know we do, and our country needs it too. To make an actual difference in our upside-down world whatever we do has to be radically holy. What if we live like the judgement is here in profound simplicity? Maybe we imitate Jesus’ life as Thomas a Kempis related in one of the most popular religious books ever (the Imitation of Christ). Maybe we could commit now to some or all of the following:
Praise the Lord and give Him thanks each day as we awake from sleep.
Get 15 or more minutes in silence and solitude conversing with the Lord each day.
Commit to the Rosary every day.
Give up whatever electronic addictions we have.
Turn off the TV and other noisemaking devices that upset us or just waste our time.
Get to confession at least once per month and stay in a state of grace. This might come in mighty handy if priests become even more scarce than they already are.
Create or observe something of beauty daily.
Take cold to lukewarm showers.
Eat simple small meals.
Journal about the spiritual stirrings within us.
Etc. You can think of a bunch more that apply to your particular situation. Be careful though, if you take on too many it is likely to fail, but do take on the hardest ones you know you need to do.
Yes, this is sacrificial and might even bring on suffering. What better way to unite with our Lord and Savior on the Cross. For it is union with Him there that is our doorway to something more, and is thus our only source of true hope.
If we commit to prepare as if the judgment is here, so much more spiritually and physically prepared we will be for whatever comes dark or light. In the meantime, we will be better people and our homes will be better places.
19 I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your nature. For just as you presented the parts of your bodies as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness for lawlessness, so now present them as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.
20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free from righteousness.
21 But what profit did you get then from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.
22 But now that you have been freed from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit that you have leads to sanctification, and its end is eternal life.
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
If we all gird our loins, become Slaves to Love incarnate, and take on a Personal Great Spiritual Reset, the world around us will be a better place come Easter. We will be better prepared for whatever comes, because we will be more holy. In addition, when people take on the mission of holiness others notice and follow, usually without saying a word. You are an example to many more people than you realize.
I am pushing the Personal Great Reset button this Lent in an attempt to get closer to Jesus by imitating Jesus to the best of my abilities. Please join me.
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