03.23.14 ~ Third Sunday of Lent


Rom 5:7 – 8

Indeed, only with difficulty does one die for a just person, though perhaps for a good person one might even find courage to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.

In Conversation with God:

What would become of a Gospel, of a Christianity, without the Cross, without pain, without the sacrifice of pain? … It would be a Gospel, a Christianity, without Redemption, with no Salvatio; a Redemption and Salvation of which – and we ought to recognise it here with unmitigated sincerity – we stand in absolute need. The Lord has saved us with the Cross; with his death. He has given us hope again, the right to life… It would be a valueless Christianity which would not be of use in our reaching Heaven, for the world cannot be saved except with the Cross of Christ…

If you don’t deny yourself, you will never be a soul of prayer… To suppose that He would admit to his close friendship pleasure-loving people who want to be free from all trials is ridiculous…

In mortification there is a paradox, a mystery, which can only be understood when love is present…

We should lose our fear of sacrifice… Close to Christ, tribulations and difficulties… dispose the soul… to see God in the events of daily life…

In the deep pit opened by your humility, let penance bury your negligences, offences and sins, just as the gardener buries rotten fruit, dried twigs and fallen leaves at the foot of the very tree which produced them… what was useless, what was even harmful, can make a real contribution to a new fruitfulness.

From your falls learn to draw strength: from death, life.

CCC #297

Scripture bears witness to faith in creation “out of nothing” as a truth full of promise and hope. Thus the mother of seven sons encourages them for martyrdom:

I do not know how you came into being in my womb. It was not I who gave you life and breath, nor I who set in order the elements within each of you. Therefore the Creator of the world, who shaped the beginning of man and devised the origin of all things, will in his mercy give life and breath back to you again, since you now forget yourselves for the sake of his laws. . . Look at the heaven and the earth and see everything that is in them, and recognize that God did not make them out of things that existed. Thus also mankind comes into being.


… so i throw my life upon all You are ’cause i know You gave it all for me, and when all else fades, my soul will dance with You where the love lasts forever and forever i will sing…


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