03.05.14 ~ Ash Wednesday

Meds

Jl 2:12 – 13

Time now, the Lord says, to turn the whole bent of your hearts back to me, with fasting and with mourners’ tears. It is your hearts, not the garments you wear, that must be torn asunder. Come back to the Lord your God; he is ever gracious and merciful, ever patient and rich in pardon; threatens he calamity, even now he is ready to forgive.

2 Cor 5:21

Christ never knew sin, and God made him into sin for us, so that in him we might be turned into the holiness of God.

Totus Tuum:

Eve is first and Mary follows in sequence as a descendent of Eve. And yet, from the very beginning, she was seized and captured by a unique love… it is really in her heart that she is the masterpiece of creation…

Adoration helps us to keep our faith pure, constantly making us aware of the radical transcendence of the mysteries revealed to us…

In Conversation with God:

Memento homo, quia pulvis es…, remember man that you are dust, and to dust you shall return…

Memento homo… Remember! … Without God, all that remains of man’s greatness is that little pile of dust, in a dish, at one side of the altar, on Ash Wednesday. It is what the Church marks us with on our forehead, as though with our own substance…

… sin… makes us grow old and die…

Jesus is looking for a contrite heart within us, a heart that acknowledges its weaknesses and sins and is prepared to disencumber itself of them…

Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness,
in your compassion blot out my offence.
O wash me more and more from my guilt
and cleanse me from my sin.
My offences truly I know them;
my sin is always before me…

… fasting and abstinence… disposes our heart that it may seek for nothing except to please God in everything…

You are not mortified if you are touchy; if your every thought is for yourself; if you humiliate others; if you do not know how to give up what is unnecessary and, at times, what is necessary; if you become gloomy because things don’t turn out the way you had hoped. On the other hand, you can be sure you are mortified if you know how to make yourself ‘all things to all men, in order to save all’…

… now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation…

… the Lenten  message is replete with joy and hope, even though it is a message of penance and moritification…

When any one of us realises he is sad, he must think: ‘It is because I am not close enough to Christ…’ When one of us becomes aware… of an inclination towards ill-humour, towards bad temper, he must similarly remind himself. If he throws the blame on things around him, he will be wide of the mark; he will be looking in the wrong direction. Sometimes it is possible that a certain apathy or spiritual sadness may have its root cause in tiredness or sickness… but it more frequently stems from a lack of generosity in doing what God ask of us, from an effectually feeble struggle…

If we stay close to Christ we will always find the cure for our lack of possible ardour, and re-charge ourselves with the strength to overcome… those defects that we could never overcome by ourselves…

… whenever we recognise something as a defect in our lives, as a weakness…, we should immediately refer it to… intimate and direct examination: ‘I do not seem to have the ability to persevere: I am not close to Christ. I am not cheerful: I am not close to Christ. And Christ is saying: Come on! Turn around! Return to me with all your heart!

CCC #148

The Virgin Mary most perfectly embodies the obedience of faith. By faith Mary welcomes the tidings and promise brought by the angel Gabriel, believing that “with God nothing will be impossible” and so giving her assent: “Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be [done] to me according to your word.” Elizabeth greeted her: “Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” It is for this faith that all generations have called Mary blessed.

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… maybe the hardest things are the dreams that we’ve been given…

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