02.02.14 ~ Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Meds

In Conversation with God:

… a man can be desperately unhappy even though he lives surrounded by opulence and possesses all earthly goods…

Whatever the circumstances of our life, we must know that we are invited to live the Christian life in all its fulness. We cannot make excuses, we cannot say to Our Lord: ‘Wait until I have solved this problem!’ or ‘Give me until I have recovered from this illness!’ or ‘Hold on until I am no longer suffering calumny or persecution, then I will really begin to seek holiness!’ …

We do not displease God by trying to find ways of overcoming pain, illness, poverty, injustice… but the Beatitudes teach us that the real success of our lives is to love and fulfil God’s Will for us…

… in each one of the Beatitudes Jesus begins by promising happiness and pointing out the ways of achieving it. Why should Our Lord start by speaking of happiness? Because there is in all men an irresistible longing to be happy…

Christ is the Life of the world and every person, the Light that shows the way, the Truth that saves, the Love that fulfils…

From the moment of our baptism, our participation in the mission of Christ depends a great deal upon our personal generosity. We have to learn how to give ourselves, to burn before God like the light placed on a lampstand to give light to those who walk in darkness; like the sanctuary lamps that burn by the altar, giving off light till their last drop is consumed…

… it is prohibited to come before the Lord with empty hands… Learn to join your poor offerings to those of Christ. Join your prayers with his prayers, your tears with his tears, your fasts with his fasts…

The sword which Simeon speaks of is Mary’s painful participation in the sufferings of her Son. The Lord suffered on the Cross for our sins. It is our sins which cause the suffering of Mary. Therefore, we have a duty to atone not only to God but also to his Mother, who is our Mother too.

Playlist

… milk and honey til we get our fill… we’re all waiting on a dream that’s hard to own…

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