Catching Up

March 25 – Solemnity of the Annunciation

March 26 – Saint Ludger

March 27 – Saint John of Egypt

“‘The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but he Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words.’ (Rom. 8:26)” (Note 1)

“‘[T]hrough Christ our Lord’ … [is] the necessary conclusion even when we pray for the intercession of our Lady and the saints, who have no merit, no dignity, no glory except through Jesus Christ and his name.” (Note 2)

“I am praised, blamed, treated with indifference, disdained, ignored or forgotten; noe of this can touch me. i will be no less than I am.  Men and women want to play at being a creator.  They want to give me existence in their opinion, but this existence that they want to give me is nothingness.” (Note 3)

“Who knew you, O Jesus? ‘Truly though are a God who hides thyself, O God of Israel, the Savior’ (cf Isa. 45:15) … Yet when the hour came to save the world, he could be hidden no longer….” (Note 4)

“We seem to be living in the times you predicted: ‘when the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth?’ (Luke 18:8).”  (Note 5)

“The annunciation is a faith event.  Dramatically, this poor, unconventional peasant woman’s free and autonomous answer opens a new chapter in God’s history with the world.”  (Note 6)

“[Jesus] told them not to look for why the suffering came but to listen for what the suffering could teach them.  Jesus taught that our pain is not punishment, it is no one’s fault.  When we seek to blame, we distract ourselves from an exquisite opportunity to pay attention, to see even in this pain a place of grace, a moment of spiritual promise and healing.”  (Note 7)

“Sin, by distorting and downgrading our specific God-given capacities and vocations, makes us more and more alike in our degradation.  Jesus makes us more and more alive in our uniqueness, and the resurrection will complete that in a great and new creation.”  (Note 8)

I’ve been remiss in wiring here for the past few days (this weekend).  Friends were visiting and we made full days of it while they were here.  Yes, I did go to Mass on Sunday, and yes I did my reading.  Writing — not so much.  So, I’ll leave this with a couple of pictures and a couple of links to go with the quotes for the meditations.  Hopefully the rest of the week will go better.

God bless, and hope your penitential season is being truly penitent.

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Notes:

1.  Jacques-Benigne Bossuet, Meditations for Lent, trans. Christopher O. Blum (Manchester, NH: Sophia Institute Press, 2013), 96.

2.  Bossuet, Meditations, 96.

3.  Bossuet, Meditations, 100.

4.  Bossuet, Meditations, 105.

5.  Bossuet, Meditations, 106.

6.  Elizabeth A. Johnson, CSJ, “Listening to the Spirit”.  In Renewing Our Discipleship, Daily Reflections on the 2017 Lenten Readings for Mass, ed. Steve Mueller (St Louis, MO: All Saints Press, 2017), 25.

7.  Wayne Muller, “What Suffering Can Teach Us”.  In Renewing Our Discipleship, Daily Reflections on the 2017 Lenten Readings for Mass, ed. Steve Mueller (St Louis, MO: All Saints Press, 2017), 26.

8.  N.T. Wright, “A Shadow of Your Future Self”.  In Renewing Our Discipleship, Daily Reflections on the 2017 Lenten Readings for Mass, ed. Steve Mueller (St Louis, MO: All Saints Press, 2017), 27.

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