03.08.14 ~ Saturday after Ash Wednesday


Is 58:11

… the Lord will give thee rest continually, fill thy soul with comfort, thy body with ease.

Lk 5:31 – 32

It is those who are sick, not those who are in health, that have need of the physician. I have not come to call the just; I have come to call sinners to repentance.

Totus Tuus:

Except when it seizes us very intimately, the love of God is often intermingled with a lot of human “junk” from which we have a difficult time freeing ourselves… We have to ask… Mary… to help us to understand from within the quality of the love which she has, she who is “Mother of Fairest Love.”

In Conversation with God:

If anybody thinks he does not need God he will not be given strength; he will go on being overshadowed by his interior death or his sickness…

… what a hard thing I am asking of you, my true God: that you should love one who does not love you; that you should open the door to one who does not knock; that you should give health to one who prefers to be sick and chooses rather to walk in her infirmity! …

Jesus has taught us that the worst sickness is hypocrisy, the pride that leads us to hide our own sins. We have to be totally sincere with him. We have to tell the whole truth, and then we have to say: ‘Domine, si vis, potes me mundare.’ Lord, if you will – and you are always willing – you can make me clean. You know my weaknesses; I feel these symptoms, I suffer from these failings. We show him the wound with simplicity, and if the wound is festering, we show the pus too…

‘I want to cure, not to accuse’ St Augustine used to say, referring to this pastoral practice of penance. And thanks to the medicine of Confession, the experience of sin does not degenerate into despair. It brings with it great peace and immense joy…

Having defects is not what is bad – all of us have defects – but making a pact with them and ceasing to fight…

All your sicknesses will be cured… ‘But they are so many’, you will say. The Physician is more powerful. For him, who is Omnipotent, there is no incurable illness; let yourself be cured, put yourself in his hands.

CCC #156

What moves us to believe is not the fact that revealed truths appear as true and intelligible in the light of our natural reason: we believe “because of the authority of God himself who reveals them, who can neither deceive nor be deceived”. So “that the submission of our faith might nevertheless be in accordance with reason, God willed that external proofs of his Revelation should be joined to the internal helps of the Holy Spirit.” Thus the miracles of Christ and the saints, prophecies, the Church’s growth and holiness, and her fruitfulness and stability “are the most certain signs of divine Revelation, adapted to the intelligence of all”; they are “motives of credibility” (motiva credibilitatis), which show that the assent of faith is “by no means a blind impulse of the mind”.


… take me to a place where i can see You face to face and all i want to do… is worship You…


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