04.04.14 ~ Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent


In Conversation with God:

… the beloved asked, will you be patient if I redouble your suffering? Yes, replied the friend, as long as you redouble my capacity to love. The more painful the illness, the more love we will need…

If sickness comes we must learn to be good patients… We need to suffer patiently not only the burden of being ill, but of being ill with the particular illness that God wants for us, among the people that He wants us to be with, and with the discomforts that He permits us to experience…

The devil, who is always on the lookout, can attack from any angle. When people are ill his tactics consist of stirring up a kind of psychosis in them so as to draw them away from God and fill the atmosphere with bitterness, or destroy that treasure of merits earned (on behalf of souls everywhere) by pain – that is, when it is borne with supernatural optimism, when it is loved. Therefore, if God wills that we be struck down by some affliction, take it as a sign that He considers us mature enough to be associated even more closely with his redeeming Cross…

CCC #356

Of all visible creatures only man is “able to know and love his creator”. He is “the only creature on earth that God has willed for its own sake”, and he alone is called to share, by knowledge and love, in God’s own life. It was for this end that he was created, and this is the fundamental reason for his dignity:
What made you establish man in so great a dignity? Certainly the incalculable love by which you have looked on your creature in yourself! You are taken with love for her; for by love indeed you created her, by love you have given her a being capable of tasting your eternal Good.

Morning Prayer:

Give me again the joy of your help; with a spirit of fervor sustain me…



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