03.26.14 ~ Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent


Dt 4:9

However, take care and be earnestly on your guard not to forget the things which your own eyes have seen, nor let them slip from your memory as long as you live, but teach them to your children and to your children’s children.

In Conversation with God:

… if a person lives the ‘heroic minute’ when he wakes up, thus overcoming his laziness from the very first moment of the day, he will find it easier to be diligent in going about his other duties whether they be large or small… the sportsman improves his physical fitness by training, and acquires a greater aptitude for repeating his exercises. Virtues make a man more perfect, and at the same time they make it easier for him to perform good works and to respond at every moment to God’s will in a prompt and fitting manner…

The human virtues provide the foundation for the supernatural ones. These in turn provide us with constant encouragement to behave in a more truly human way…

Today, as yesterday, heroism is expected of the Christian – a heroism in great struggles, if the need arises. Normally, however, it will be heroism in the little skirmishes of each day…

When a Christian carries out with love the most insignificant everyday action, that action overflows with the transcendence of God… Stop dreaming! Leave behind false idealisms, fantasies, and what I usually call ‘mystical wishful thinking’ (If only I hadn’t married. If only I didn’t have this profession. If only I had better health. If only I were young. If only I were old…) Instead, turn seriously to the most material and immediate reality, which is where Our Lord is…

St. John Chrysostom urges us to struggle in our interior life like little children at school. First… they learn the shape of the letters. Then they begin to distinguish the strokes; and thus, step by step, they learn to read. If we divide up the virtues into different parts, we can learn first, for example, not to speak badly of people. Then, passing to another letter, we can learn not to envy anybody: we can learn never under any circumstances to be a slave to the body: we can learn not to give way to gluttony. Passing on from there to the spiritual letters, we shall study continence, mortification of the senses, chastity, justice, and scorn for vainglory. We should try to be modest and of contrite heart. Let us link virtues together and write them on our souls…

 CCC #302

Creation has its own goodness and proper perfection, but it did not spring forth complete from the hands of the Creator. the universe was created “in a state of journeying” (in statu viae) toward an ultimate perfection yet to be attained, to which God has destined it. We call “divine providence” the dispositions by which God guides his creation toward this perfection:

By his providence God protects and governs all things which he has made, “reaching mightily from one end of the earth to the other, and ordering all things well”. For “all are open and laid bare to his eyes”, even those things which are yet to come into existence through the free action of creatures.


… Spirit, lead me where my trust is without borders, let me walk upon the waters wherever You would call me, take me deeper than my feet could ever wander and my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my Savior…


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