03.14.14 ~ Friday of the First Week of Lent


In Conversation with God:

Sin is always a personal act, since it is an act of freedom on the part of an individual person, and not properly of a group or community.

To unload man of this responsibility, would be to deny the person’s dignity and freedom, which are manifested – even though in a negative and disastrous way – also in this responsibility for sin committed. hence there is nothing so personal and untransferable in each individual as merit for virtue or responsibility for sin…

… although sin is always a personal offence against God, it still affects other people. For good or for evil we constantly influence the people around us, people in the Church and in the world. We influence them not only by the good or bad example that we give, but by the direct results of our actions: This is the other aspect of that solidarity which on the religious level is developed in the profound and magnificent mystery of the Communion of Saints, thanks to to which it has been possible to say that ‘every soul that rises above itself, raises up the world’. To this law of ascent there unfortunately corresponds the law of descent. Consequently one can speak of a communion of sin, whereby a soul that lowers itself through sin drags down with itself the Church, and, in some way, the whole world. In other words, there is no sin, not even the most intimate and secret one, the most strictly individual one, that exclusively concerns the person committing it. With greater or less violence, with greater or less harm, every sin has repercussions on the entire ecclesial body and the whole human family…

If you experience the Communion of Saints – if you live it – you will gladly be a man of penance. And you will realise that penance is ‘gaudium, etsi laboriosum,’ joy, in spite of its hardship. And you will feel yourself ‘allied’ to all the penitent souls that have been, that are, and that ever will be. You will find it easier to do your duty if you think of how your brothers are helping you, and of the help you fail to give them if you are not faithful…

Some of the best penances are those which refer to love for other people: knowing how, for example, to say ‘sorry’ when we have offended someone; making the sacrifice involved in forming somebody we are responsible for; exercising patience; seeing the need to forgive promptly and generously…

CCC #188

The Greek word symbolon meant half of a broken object, for example, a seal presented as a token of recognition. the broken parts were placed together to verify the bearer’s identity. the symbol of faith, then, is a sign of recognition and communion between believers. Symbolon also means a gathering, collection or summary. A symbol of faith is a summary of the principal truths of the faith and therefore serves as the first and fundamental point of reference for catechesis.

Totus Tuus:

Mary is blessed in the fullness of her love. We are blessed when we love to the full. We are not blessed when we cut corners in our love, when we drag our feet in love… we are not really loving, and we are not really living as someone who is blessed…


… the art of losing myself in bringing You praise, everlasting, Your light will shine when all else fades…


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