04.03.14 ~ Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Meds

In Conversation with God:

He… loved me and gave himself for me. Faced with this unfathomable mystery of Love… what do I do for him? How do I correspond to his love? …

In every true sacrifice there are four essential elements… priest, victim, internal offering and external manifestation of the sacrifice… Since… we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathise with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sinning…

The Holy Mass and the Sacrifice of the Cross are one and the same sacrifice, although they are separated in time…

Christ offers himself in every Mass in the same way as he did on Calvary, although now he does so through a priest, who acts in persona Christi… every Mass, even though it is celebrated privately by a priest, is not a private action, but the action of Christ and of the Church. In the sacrifice that she offers, the Church learns to offer herself as a universal sacrifice, and applies the unique and infinite redeeming virtue of the sacrifice of the Cross for the salvation of the whole world…

Are you at Mass with  the same dispositions that Our Lady had on Calvary? …

… there is no more perfect way of adoring God than by offering the Mass, in which his Son, Jesus Christ, is offered as the Victim, and at the same time acts as High Priest…

… there is nothing on earth that can be more pleasing to God than the Sacrifice of the altar. Each time Holy Mass is celebrated, reparation is made for all the sins of the world, because of the infinite dignity of the Priest and of the Victim. We have here the only perfect and adequate reparation, to which we must unite our acts of sorrow. It is the only adequate sacrifice that we men can offer… The Holy Mass is… the heart and the centre of the Christian world… It is in this way that man’s life becomes inserted, by means of the Eucharist, into the mystery of the living God…

The choirs of the Church militant unite and join in with Our Lord in this divine act: in him, with him and through him, in order to win over the heart of God the Father and to make his mercy forever our own…

CCC #344

There is a solidarity among all creatures arising from the fact that all have the same Creator and are all ordered to his glory: May you be praised, O Lord, in all your creatures, especially brother sun, by whom you give us light for the day; he is beautiful, radiating great splendour, and offering us a symbol of you, the Most High. . .

May you be praised, my Lord, for sister water, who is very useful and humble, precious and chaste.
May you be praised, my Lord, for sister earth, our mother, who bears and feeds us, and produces the variety of fruits and dappled flowers and grasses. . .
Praise and bless my Lord, give thanks and serve him in all humility.

Office of Readings:

… it was not in my bow that I trusted nor yet was I saved by my sword…

The earth – our earthly nature – should tremble at the suffering of its Redeemer. The rocks – the hearts of unbelievers – should burst asunder. The dead, imprisoned in the tombs of their mortality, should come forth, the massive stones now ripped apart. Foreshadowings of the future resurrection should appear in the holy city, the Church of God: what is to happen to our bodies should now take place in our hearts.

No one, however weak, is denied a share in the victory of the cross. No one is beyond the help of the prayer of Christ…

Unless indeed they close off for themselves the path that could be opened before the faith of a thief…

… who cannot recognize in Christ his own infirmities? Who would not recognize that Christ’s eating and sleeping, his sadness and his shedding of tears of love are marks of the nature of a slave?

It was this nature of a slave that had to be healed of its ancient wounds and cleansed of the defilement of sin…

The body that lay lifeless in the tomb is ours. The body that rose again on the third day is ours. The body that ascended above all the heights of heaven to the right hand of the Father’s glory is ours. If then we walk in the way of his commandments, and are not ashamed to acknowledge the price he paid for our salvation in a lowly body, we too are to rise to share his glory…

Playlist

… a rush of words too small to thank You…

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