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Friday, October 9, 2015

It is not enough that we get rid of a bad habit; we must replace it with a good one - Daily Bible Reflections October 9,2015

“But upon returning, it finds it swept clean and put in order.” – Luke 11:25
       Edgar used to drink with his buddies till the wee hours in the morning, but one day, he decided to change. It worked for a few weeks. But because he did not replace his old habit with a new one and was still hanging out with the same group, he was easily tempted and his vice came back with a vengeance.
       What is the problem with this scenario? Why doesn’t change last? It is not enough to remove bad habits and the sins in our lives; they must be replaced with good habits and virtues. Empty spaces in our lives do not remain empty for long. We must be filled with the Holy Spirit so as not to return to our old ways. Only then can lasting transformation take place. To be filled with the Holy Spirit is to spend time in prayer, fill our mind with the truths of the Bible to replace negative thoughts, and receive the Sacraments, especially Confession and Holy Communion.
     Spend time with kindred spirits in a spiritual community who will support you in your journey towards change. Marjorie Ann Duterte (marjorie.travels@gmail.com)
Reflection: It is not enough that we get rid of a bad habit; we must replace it with a good one. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you change and fill you with His grace.
Dear Father, please fill our empty spaces with the gifts of the Holy Spirit – Your light, love and peace. Amen.
Blessed John Henry Newman, pray for us.

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