Looking Inward to Move Beyond Ourselves

This is the second week of a Lenten series. This week we focus on prayer. 

By: Art Bennett, President and CEO of Catholic Charities

Lent is an annual opportunity to recommit our life as a journey toward God. Prayer, fasting and almsgiving are the penitential practices to begin and maintain this journey.


Last week, we talked about fasting, which helps us overcome many temptations of the world. This week, I want to talk about prayer, which helps us leave the road of self-righteousness and follow Christ in our life’s journey.

Christ gives us the same advice you might give to a misbehaving child: go to your room and close the door!

When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you (Mt  6:5-6).

We must turn inward to find God, our guide and our goal. All of us need to prayerfully become obedient instruments of God to allow His loving mercy to encourage us to go out into the world to . . . View the full text here.

This post first appeared on the Catholic Charities  of the Arlington Diocese blog on February 17, 2016.

Art Bennett is President and CEO, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington. He and his wife Laraine are co-authors of four books on temperament and emotions. The Bennett’s are members of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Gainesville.

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