Day By Day

 

JOURNAL POSTINGS Wednesday 21 February 2018, Lent Feria and Optional Memoria of S Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, and Benedictine monk. He wrote: 'The best penance is to have patience with the sorrows God permits. A very good penance is to dedicate oneself to fulfil the duties of every day with exactitude and to study and work with all our strength'. These are apt words for Lent! May God bless you in all that you undertake in His Name.

Tuesday 20 February 2018, Lent Feria. 'For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and return not thither but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and prosper in the thing for which I sent it'. Here one is reminded of the words of our Lord, the Word of God, in S John chapter 13: 'Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God …' The Word certainly did not return empty to the Father, but He returned with our redemption accomplished. May God bless you and may you find your home in Him, the eternal Word.

Monday 19 February 2018, Lent Feria. The Lord said to Moses, 'Say to all the congregation of the people of Israel, you shall be holy; for I the Lord your God am holy'. These words from today's Old Testament reading are a reminder that we are all made in the image and likeness of God. Therefore, holiness belongs to our essential human nature, although through sin we have wandered far from the path. Pope Benedict said, 'What does it mean to be holy? Who is called to be holy? We are often led to think that holiness is a goal reserved for a few elect. St Paul, instead, speaks of God's great plan and says: "even as he [God] chose us in him [Christ] before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him". And he was speaking about all of us'. May our efforts for Him this Lent open us up more fully to His grace, that we may so progress along the path of holiness, that our lives may redound to His praise. May God bless you.

18 February 2018, First Sunday of Lent. This is not an image of the desert where our Lord fought His great battle with the evil one, but it comes from the terrain high above the monastery of S Antony near the Red Sea, in Egypt. Here the 'father of monks' and his successors fought, and fight, a similar battle, to this day. Today, and in the following weeks, may we draw close to our Lord in prayer, fasting and almsgiving, being 'sober and watchful', as the Letter of S Peter reminds us. May we look forward in all things to the great Feast of Easter, and may God bless you.

17 February 2018, Saturday after Ash Wednesday. In these days when our Lord was in the desert, one wonders where was our Lady? She was surely with Him in spirit, praying Him through it all as He wrestled with the evil one. May she also pray with us in our own battles, in our own deserts, and may God bless you this day.

 

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