By Eric Hanna, SJ
When we first look at penance, oftentimes we can be deceived into thinking about all the hard work it will involve. Penance can seem like a burden: the burden of self-evaluation and the labour of changing one's self.
But once you come closer to penance, it becomes clear that the burden is light. Self-evaluation is easy when the God who knows us intimately is looking upon us with love.
And changing is joyful when it is a natural growth born from our own desire to live more vibrantly. This
still involve work; but it is hardly toil.
So if you start feeling like it's too much work to stop and take an honest look at your priorities, that's a good sign it's time to do exactly that.
Once we slow down and get some perspective, we orient our lives towards what is truly important.