A Clean Start

A clean desktop on my iMac, makes life seem less stressful and offers a good metaphor for life: Clean your heart, simplify your life!


There’s always been something about a clean space that has made me think, work, create better. Perhaps that’s one way I am made in the Image and Likeness of God; for, He too began with a clean slate… actually, He began with a “formless wasteland and darkness covered the abyss.” Now, I’ll admit my iMac may at times seem like a formless wasteland as I get in a rut of saving things too quickly to my desktop, but what a wonderful feeling to see it all wiped clean and actually witness the beauty of the picture that lies underneath.

This too is how I feel in life sometimes. I get in a rut with sin… same old sins, just increasing in quality and quantity and piling up on the desktop of my soul. How blessed I am to have the forgiveness of my Heavenly Father. To know, without doubt, that the Sacrament of Reconciliation brings forgiveness of sins and a restoring to God’s grace is one of my favorite things about being Catholic. The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that those receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation with a contrite heart experience a true spiritual resurrection, which is followed by a peace and serenity of conscience. That’s it! That is the beauty I experience as I am joined in an intimate friendship with my Creator. That is the wiping clean of my spiritual desktop and a revealing of the beauty God has place in me… the beauty of His image… the ultimate screensaver!

Sometimes a clean desktop is all I need to ensure a good night’s sleep, but always a clean soul is what I need to ensure serenity of heart… and safeguard me from having to undergo a total reboot.

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Kelly Wahlquist is a Catholic speaker, author and evangelist. She is the founder of WINE: Women In the New Evangelization, a women’s ministry that invigorates Catholic parishes through inspiring, supporting, and nurturing women in the faith and by equipping and mobilizing women as intentional disciples of Christ. She is the Assistant Director for the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute in the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, and a contributing writer for CatholicMom.com and The Integrated Catholic Life—an eMagazine about integrating faith, family, and work. Kelly travels the country speaking to all on various topics that inspire us to live the New Evangelization, but has a special love for speaking at Catholic women’s conferences. She resides in Minnesota with her husband, Andy, and their three children, and is active in their parish, Holy Name of Jesus.

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