03.15.14 ~ Saturday of the First Week of Lent

Meds

Dt 26:16 – 19

Here and now the Lord thy God gives thee these commands, these decrees, bidding thee observe them and fulfil them, heart and soul. Here and now thou art choosing the Lord to be thy God, whose guidance thou wilt follow, whose prescriptions, laws and commandments thou wilt observe, whose rule thou wilt obey. Here and now the Lord is choosing thee to be his own people, as he promised thee, living by his precepts; his will is to exalt thee high above all other nations he has made, for his own praise and glory and renown, a people consecrated to the Lord thy God, claiming his promise.

Mt 5:43 – 48

You have heard that it was said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour and hate thy enemy. But I tell you, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, pray for those who persecute and insult you, that so you may be true sons of your Father in heaven, who makes his sun rise on the evil and equally on the good, his rain fall on the just and equally on the unjust. If you love those who love you, what title have you to a reward? Will not the publicans do as much? If you greet none but your brethren, what are you doing more than others? Will not the very heathen do as much? But you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

In Conversation with God:

He chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him…

To love and serve God there is no need to do anything strange or extraordinary… Sanctity for the vast majority or men implied sanctifying themselves in it, and sanctifying others through it…

In order to turn work, any honest task, into a means of sanctity, it needs to be humanly well done, for you cannot offer God anything that has a blemish, for it will not be acceptable for you…

The person without faith will always have an incomplete view of the world, whilst the Christian’s way of behaving will sometimes clash with the current fashion, or will not be in accord with the accepted practices… These circumstances are particularly favourable for making Christ known, if we give a natural and firm example of Christian living… 

A secret, an open secret: these world crises are the crises of saints. God wants a handful of men ‘of his own’ in every human activity. And then… ‘pax Christi in regno Christi’ the pace of Christ in the kingdom of Christ! …

With God’s help, the Christian will endeavour to turn each ordinary everyday thing into something noble and of great value: he will try to turn everything he touches, not into gold, as in the legend of King Midas, but rather into grace and glory. The Church reminds us of the urgency of being present in the middle of the world, so as to guide all human realities back to God…

To-day we badly need to beg God, assiduously, for saints…

CCC #189

The first “profession of faith” is made during Baptism. the symbol of faith is first and foremost the baptismal creed. Since Baptism is given “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”, The truths of faith professed during Baptism are articulated in terms of their reference to the three persons of the Holy Trinity.

CCC #190

And so the Creed is divided into three parts: “the first part speaks of the first divine Person and the wonderful work of creation; the next speaks of the second divine Person and the mystery of his redemption of men; the final part speaks of the third divine Person, the origin and source of our sanctification.” These are “the three chapters of our [baptismal] seal”.

CCC #191

“These three parts are distinct although connected with one another. According to a comparison often used by the Fathers, we call them articles. Indeed, just as in our bodily members there are certain articulations which distinguish and separate them, so too in this profession of faith, the name “articles” has justly and rightly been given to the truths we must believe particularly and distinctly.” In accordance with an ancient tradition, already attested to by St. Ambrose, it is also customary to reckon the articles of the Creed as twelve, thus symbolizing the fullness of the apostolic faith by the number of the apostles.

Totus Tuum:

… she asks us to always to go deeper in love, in faith, in hope, without every stopping.

Around us we come into contact with many spiritual corpses – people who no longer push ahead, who have let themselves slide, no longer even knowing what it means to believe, to love, to hope. We need to carry all of these people in our hearts, and we need to strike ahead with an even greater and stronger love…

Playlist

… give me Your love for humanity, give me Your arms for the brokenhearted…

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