Like the scribes and Pharisees, we often do not want to admit or to meditate on our sins. But if we refuse to meditate on sin, or spiritual death, then meditating on our physical death will be of no use. When we ignore our sin, we either live in false piety, mediocrity, or evil. Instead, meditating on spiritual death as well as physical death allows us to face the reality that we are like the lepers, the possessed, the adulterous woman, the crippled, the simple fishermen, and the desperately ill people who knew that they needed Jesus’ help and begged him for it. Two choices are set before us: admit sin or ignore reality.
Sr. Theresa Aleitheia Noble, FSP, Remember Your Death: Memento Mori Lenten Devotional