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In metallurgy, refining is the process of removing impurities from a material such as silver ore or mined gold. When impurities are removed, the result is a stronger, richer, more desirable material. Metal refining does not cause a chemical change in a material. It remains chemically identical to the original, only more pure, more of what it's supposed to be.
In this week's scripture reading, Malachi writes of God purifying his people, "refining them like gold or silver." Malachi, of course, is refering to the refining of our souls, removing impurities so that we more closely resemble who we were created to be. Christians believe this means to be more authentically Christ-like. God desires that we remove impurities so that the light of Christ shines through our life more brilliantly.
Where might we begin in our own refining process? For Catholics a regular Examination of Conscience and use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation would make a good start.