Worldly Versus Divine Pleasures

For His sake I have accepted the loss of all things and I consider them so much rubbish … (Philippians 3:8).

As I approach the end of Lent, I consider how the usual dynamic of this season plays out for me. I begin with a mix of enthusiasm, determination and, I admit, a little bit of dread. I have the best of intentions, but will my will follow?

I know my peace lies in Jesus, not in the real but lesser pleasures of this world. I know the Lenten season is my opportunity to actually live that in a small way. But it’s a hard path. It’s hard to let go.

I look back on the weeks, and I see ups and downs. And, even as I’m honest about any stumbles, I try not to be too hard on myself either. Taking courage from Paul’s always bracing honesty, I keep hold of the truth and try, one more time, to let go of what I know, in the end, can’t bring me real, lasting joy.

Lord Jesus, You are all I need.

Our reflection today is from Amy Welborn, an author of over 20 books on Catholic spirituality, apologetics and history. She holds a BA in history from the University of Tennessee and an MA in Church History from Vanderbilt University. She has written many pamphlets and seasonal devotionals, and is a regular contributor to the quarterly “Living Faith” devotional, including “365 Devotions For Catholics.” She has five children, ages 35 to 13, and lives in Birmingham, AL, with the two youngest. She blogs at and her website is

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Reach for your peak, your goal and your prize.

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