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Mar 15, 2021

This is Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. Hopefully, each of us during our lives can experience occasions of pleasant surprises: an unexpected gift, a visit from an out-of-town friend or relative, acknowledgment for a job well done, or perhaps healing of a friendship we thought was irreparable. As we prepare for Easter in just a few weeks we are reminded that we neither deserve God’s mercy nor do we have to earn it. It is a pure gift! Our loving and generous God longs to forgive us, and to heal us. As you seek reconciliation with the Lord and others during Lent, you will be surprised at the tremendous power, the incredible relief, and the abounding joy you will receive by offering forgiveness and by being forgiven. It is a gift beyond measure that will prepare our hearts fully and faithfully for the glory that will come.