By Sr. Carlette Gentle, SCN, Perpetually Professed
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I have been struggling to think of what my Lenten abstinence would be this year. I could give up chocolate, or desserts, or junk food in general but what would that do? Will it impact the lives of others? Will it help me to be humbler to others? As these questions ran through my brain the word detox kept coming to mind. Detox, a word I have been hearing often in the diet world. I took time in prayer to reflect on this word since it did not seem to be going away. An unusual word, I thought to myself, to take to prayer but I did. Detox, is defined as a process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances. The more I reflected, the more this word made sense. It offered an opportunity for transformation and conversion. I spent time in prayer thinking what toxic or unhealthy substances should I rid my body, mind and soul of this lent? In quiet the list started to flow. I should rid myself of judgments, let loose of envy, hatred, anger and minimize stress. Will it be easy? Of course not but I will try. Working on ridding myself of these things through prayer, reflection and reaching out to others during this Lenten season will aid in the detox process that will help to transform me and empty me creating a place for God to dwell fully.