I have felt ashamed a few times in my life. It wasn’t a good feeling. It hurt, was embarrassing and made me want to bury my head to avoid being around others. I felt lonely and isolated. And, in the end, as today’s passage in Romans explains, I gained nothing. Allowing sin to permeate our lives and becoming its slave can leave us feeling trapped.
Yet, God’s grace also allows us to choose the opposite! His gift liberates us from that enslavement and releases us from shame. It puts us on the right path. Yes, the road is sometimes rocky and difficult. But, steeping ourselves in Scripture and daily prayer, staying close to the Sacraments and connecting with virtuous people helps. In Christ we are truly free!
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