We all have philosophies, or approaches to life, that guide how we use our time, how we make decisions, and how we interact with those around us.
You can probably see yours reflected in how you try to raise your children, what you spend your money on, and how you treat others. Our philosophies form over time through personal experiences, and they're often influenced—for better or worse—by the world around us. Perhaps we never even deliberately stated our philosophies; we simply picked them up as we went along.
In his Letter to the Philippians, St. Paul presents an inspired philosophy of life. He urges us to fill our minds and hearts only with things that are holy, true, and pure-things that will build up our faith. He urges us to act like a sieve, holding on to the ways of God and letting go of every thing that's opposed to him. In other words, Paul calls us to take the spiritual lessons that Jesus taught and put them into practice so that we can shape our philosophies around Jesus.
This Lent, as you prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, God is inviting you to reflect on your philosophy of life. Are there areas in your life where you haven't held on to the way Jesus lived? Maybe in the way you treat your family members or co workers, or maybe with how much time you set aside for daily prayer. Are there any areas where worldly thinking guides your decisions more than the call to holiness does? Using this passage from Philippians 4, ask the Holy Spirit to guide your examination. Ask him to show you how you can become more like Jesus. As you bring these areas into the light of Christ, you will come to experience more and more of God's lasting, perfect peace.
"Whatever is true .. ."
"Whatever is honorable .. ."
"Whatever is just ..."
"Whatever is pure .. ."
"Whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious .. ."
"Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me.Then the God of peace will be with you." —Plulippians4:8-9