Set Free

Realy-Cultivating Gods Garden 300by Margaret Rose Realy, Obl. OSB

I can imagine how the adulterous woman may have felt when Jesus stood by her in the angry mob (John 8:1-11). Her hidden sins were no longer hidden, her emotional scars obvious, and every muscle in her body tensed as she realized her death was imminent. And then she was liberated — physically, emotionally, spiritually —as the crowd dissipated and the Lord looked her in the eye and asked her to sin no more. Imagine that, Jesus looking you right in the eye releasing you from your sins.

From introduction to reflections for  the Fourth Week of Lent,  p. 77, Cultivating God’s Garden through Lent, available on line through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and the publisher Patheos Press.

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Nancy HC Ward is a journalist, author, and speaker who blogs about Catholicism, her conversion, and Christian community at,
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5 Responses to Set Free

  1. interesting post, I also experienced freedom from generational burdens through a priest’s prayers this Lent

  2. Margaret, this is my favorite meditation so far. It speaks to my heart.

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