Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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April 5, 2014

Dr. Michael Layne:

“A friendship like love is warm; a love like friendship is steady.”

— St. Thomas Moore

As Lent is winding down, what have you learned? More importantly, what have you learned about yourself?

Sometimes po]eople become incensed when discussing topics and scripture is quoted. Some people think one is a “Bible thumper,” but if you think about life and truly look at the scripture like the book of Proverbs or, Psalms, one soon recognizes humanity and often will see themselves and that is where we tend to dig in our heels.

People have this ability to be in denial of their faults and failures. God knew that and thus He saw the need to send a Svior into this world and give them another chance to find redemption from their sins.

One of the ideas that has been purported is that we are all born inherently good. Sorry folks, but we are not born perfect or all that good. Sure, there is some goodness about many people, but if we were already good then we wouldn’t have a need for a Savior.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI says it well: “In Jesus’ fall beneath the weight of the cross, the meaning of his whole life is seen: his voluntary abasement that lifts us up from the depths of our pride. The nature of our pride is also revealed: it is that arrogance which makes us think that we do not need his eternal love, but can be the masters of our own lives. In this rebellion against truth, in this attempt to be our own god, creator, and judge, we call headlong and plunge into self-destruction. The humility of Jesus is the surmounting of our pride; by his abasement he lifts us up. let us allow him to lift us up.”

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