It’s never too late to recover whatever you need to recover. It is never too late to rise above mistakes of the past. We have only to pray what the Bible tells us to pray:
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me,” says Psalms (51:10). You can initiate miracles in your life if you say and believe that.
Just today, as reported on a Catholic news service, the Pope reminds us that Christ’s Presence in the Eucharist heals wounds and transforms bitter negativity into the joy of Lord. The Pontiff said this in his homily for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi Sunday. “The Eucharist brings us the Father’s faithful love, which heals our sense of being orphans. It gives us Jesus’ love, which transformed a tomb from an end to a beginning, and in the same way can transform our lives. It fills our hearts with the consoling love of the Holy Spirit, who never leaves us alone and always heals our wounds. Every time we receive Him, He reminds us that we are precious, that we are guests He has invited to His banquet, friends with whom He wants to dine. And not only because He is generous, but because He is truly in love with us. He sees and loves the beauty and goodness that we are,” he said in St. Peter’s Basilica.
Let us look at a recent message from the Virgin Mary:
“Dear children! Today, I am calling you to a new life. It is not important how old you are, open your heart to Jesus Who will transform you in this time of grace and, like nature, you will be born into a new life in God’s love, and you will open your heart to Heaven and the things of Heaven. I am still with you, because God permitted me out of love for you. Thank you for having responded to my call” (Medjugorje, 2/25/19, under apostolic guidance; for your discernment).
And so let’s take it from there: no matter what you have or haven’t done in your past, no matter what you have said that you should not have said, no matter how and where you strayed, and whom or what you have hurt, we all have time to rectify what needs to be remedied, to reverse the past.
For God is timeless. He can go back into your past and reform it – send love to those you should have loved, put salve on wounds you have caused, or on your hurts, recover lost holiness: if you pray for Him to do these things.
In prayer go back with the Lord through your life and ask Him in every necessary instance that comes to mind to turn darkness…
… into a miracle of the sun (Son).
It’s never too late.
It was Saint Teresa of Avila who gave us the Prayer To Redeem Lost Time:
“O my God! Source of all mercy! I acknowledge Your sovereign power. While recalling the wasted years that are past, I believe that You, Lord, can in an instant turn this loss to gain. Miserable as I am, yet I firmly believe that You can do all things. Please restore to me the time lost, giving me Your Grace, both now and in the future, that I may appear before You in ‘wedding garments.'”
When we die our innermost beings will be reflected in the robes we are given, and when we redeem “lost” time — time spent in idleness, or gossip, or disliking, in criticizing, in hating, in selfishness, in faithlessness, in worldliness, in sowing division, in harboring pride — the soul is cleansed and the robe is spun like glass and cotton; as Revelation 3:5 says: “He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.” The garment is pure white.
So is it that the Lord blots out our mistakes, that He erases the blackboard of life, that He helps us find new clean joy on earth while we prepare, if we expiate (and here comes Lent!), for the ineffable joys and clarity of Heaven.
[resources: A Life of Blessings]
[photo at top, from Catholic Stand]