03.06.14 ~ Thursday after Ash Wednesday


Dt 30:15 – 20

See, I have set before thee this day a choice between life and death, between good fortune and ill. Thou art to love the Lord thy God and follow the path he has chosen for thee, to hold fast by all his commandments and observances and decrees, if thou wouldst live and thrive and prosper through him in the land that is to be thy home. If thy heart becomes estranged from him, so that thou dost no longer obey him, but art tempted away into worshipping other gods and doing them service, then I warn thee here and now that it will be thy ruin; the land thou art winning for thyself on the other side of Jordan will be thine only for a little. I call heaven and earth to witness this day that I have set such a choice before thee, life or death, a blessing or a curse. Wilt thou not choose life, long life for thyself and for those that come after thee? Wilt thou not learn to love the Lord thy God, and obey him, and keep close to his side? Thou hast no life, no hope of long continuance, but in him; shall not the land which he promised as a gift to thy fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, be thine to dwell in?

Lk 9:24 – 25

He who tries to save his life will lose it; it is the man who loses his life for my sake, that will save it. How is a man the better for gaining the whole world, if he loses himself, if he pays the forfeit of himself?

Totus Tuum:

Love… implies full receptivity of the person loved. Love renders us welcoming… we can only be truly receptive to the extent that we love… Self-centeredness hardens us by shutting us up within our own limitations. True love orders us towards the one we love by “connaturalizing” us to him. Boundaries disappear, and a certain oneness comes about… as love renders us receptive, it… has us come out of ourselves. It brings into focus and moves towards the one we love…

A complete welcome only exists with a love that includes… coming out of oneself. Otherwise, we welcome the person in a possessive fashion and consequently do not really welcome him; we do not respect the other person in his otherness…

CCC #149

Throughout her life and until her last ordeal when Jesus her son died on the cross, Mary’s faith never wavered. She never ceased to believe in the fulfilment of God’s word. and so the Church venerates in Mary the purest realization of faith.

In Conversation with God:

There is no such thing as a Christianity without the Cross, designed for soft and pusillanimous Christians with no sense of sacrifice. Our Lord’s words state a condition that is absolutely necessary, a sine qua non. Whoever does not take up his cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple. A Christianity from which we tried to remove the cross of voluntary mortification and penance under the pretext that these practices are the remains of the Dark Ages or of an outworn Mediaeval era, quite inappropriate for a modern Humanistic Age, would be an insipid Christianity, a Christianity in name only. It would not have kept intact the doctrine of the Gospels, nor would it serve to induce men to follow in Christ’s footsteps. It would be a Christianity without the Redemption, without Salvation…

… to flee from the Cross is to turn one’s back on holiness and joy; because one of the fruits of the mortified soul is… a profound peace, even in the midst of tribulations and external difficulties. The person who abandons mortification is inevitably ensnared by his senses and becomes incapable of any supernatural thought…

… and if anyone wants to one day possess Christ, never let him seek him without the Cross…

… mortification is closely related to joy… when our heart is purified it becomes humbler… it can have closer dealings with God and with other people. This is the great paradox of Christian mortification… accepting and… seeking suffering ought to cause good Christians, in practice, to be the saddest of people, the men ‘who have the worst time of it’. 

The reality is quite different. Mortification only produces sadness when there is in its practice too much selfishness and a lack of generosity and love of God. Sacrifice always brings with it joy in the midst of pain, the happiness of knowing that we are fulfilling God’s will… Good Christians live ‘quasi tristes, semper et gaudentes’ as though they were sad, but really always filled with joy. 

The daily cross. ‘Nulla dies sine cruce!’ No day without its cross; not a single day in which we are not to shoulder the Cross of the Lord, no day during which we are not to accept his yoke…

When we abandon ourselves into God’s hands, He frequently permits us to taste sorrow, loneliness, opposition, slander, defamation and ridicule, coming from both within and without. This is because He wants to mould us into his own image and likeness…

Many Christians have lost their joy at the end of the day, not because of big reverses, but because they have not known how to sanctify the tiredness caused by work, or the little snags and minor frustrations which have arisen during the day. When we accept the Cross – little or great – it produces peace and joy in the midst of pain and is laden with merits for eternal life.


… it’s all so dark and mysterious when the one you want doesn’t want you too, when the one that you want doesn’t want you…


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