04.01.14 ~ Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent


In Conversation with God:

The Lord is always willing to listen to us and to give us whatever we need in any situation. His goodness is always in excess of our calculations. But it requires a corresponding response on our part, with a desire to get out of the situation we are in. There can be no pact with our defects and errors, and we must make the effort to overcome them. We cannot ever ‘get used to’ the shortcomings and weaknesses which separate us from God and from others, on the excuse that they are part of our character, or that we have already tried several times over to tackle them without positive result…

Jesus asks us to persevere in the struggle, and to begin again as often as necessary, realising that it is in struggle that love grows. The Lord does not ask the paralytic in order to learn – this would be superfluous – but to make his patience known to all, for that invalid for thirty-eight years had hoped, without ceasing, to be freed from his illness…

… virtue is not normally attained through sporadic bursts of effort. Rather it is in the continuity of the effort, the constancy of going on trying each day, each week, helped by grace…

The heart of constancy lies in love…

This sorrow and reparation for our sins and shortcomings, are not useless moods of gloom, for they are sorrow and tears born of love. It is the heavy thought of not returning as much love as our Lord merits; it is the sorrow of returning evil for good to one who so much loves us…

… Don’t let the painter be one up on you. For if they make so much of an effort for a bodily image, how much greater reason do we have when we try to form the image of a soul, leaving no stone unturned in trying to perfect it…

CCC #340

God wills the interdependence of creatures. the sun and the moon, the cedar and the little flower, the eagle and the sparrow: the spectacle of their countless diversities and inequalities tells us that no creature is self-sufficient. Creatures exist only in dependence on each other, to complete each other, in the service of each other.


… it’s finally calming down, i’ve found the motion of life that spins around grows dim as i enter in, a trail of tears sing Your embrace, the scars of death and life we face…


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