Frederick Temple (1821-1902) was an English academic, teacher and Bishop of Canterbury. I found this quote of his that seemed appropriate to ponder on Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten season.
“Am I really what I ought to be? Am I what, in the bottom of my heart, I honestly wish to be? Am I living a life at all like what I myself approve? My secret nature, the true complexion of my character is hidden from all me, and only I know it. Is it such as I should be willing to show? Is my soul at all like what my kindest and most intimate friends believe? Is my heart at all such as I should wish the Searcher of Hearts to judge me by? Is every year adding to my devotion, my unselfishness, to my conscientiousness, to my freedom from hypocrisy of seeming so much better than I am? When I compare myself with last year, am I more ready to surrender myself at the call of duty? am I more alive to the commands of conscience? have I shaken off my besetting sins? These are the questions which this season of Lent ought to find us putting fairly and honestly to our hearts.”
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