Conversion, now

Moments in Philippine Daily Inquirer by Fr Jerry Orbos SVD

(In the Gospel according to Mark 1, 12-15,) Jesus tells us the best way to start our journey to heaven: “Repent and believe in the Gospel.” It all begins with a humble and contrite heart, and continues with a firm resolve to put God first before oneself, and to keep saying our prayers and doing good deeds.

The greatest temptations that we encounter in our journey to God’s heart are the 4 Ps: Pera (money), Power, Pride, and Pleasures of life. As long as we deify these, it will be difficult for us to go to heaven. Let us not postpone our conversion. If today we hear His voice, let us not harden our hearts. May we have little or no regret that we loved the Lord too little, or too late.

Sharing with you this beautiful realization of Saint Augustine: “Late have I loved you, beauty so ancient and so new. Late have I loved you! Lo, you were within, but I outside, seeking there for you, and upon the shapely things you have made I rushed headlong, I, misshapen. You were with me but I was not with you. They held me back from you, those things which would have no being were they not in you.”

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